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Houthis Fill in Foreigners Names in Prisoners Swap Bid

Houthis Fill in Foreigners Names in Prisoners Swap Bid

Tuesday, 22 January, 2019 - 09:00
Houthi fighters ride on the back of a patrol truck as they secure the site of a pro-Houthi tribal gathering in a rural area near Sanaa, Yemen July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
Jeddah - Asmaa Al Ghaberi
Majed Fadayel, a member of the Yemeni committee overseeing the prisoner swap deal between the internationally-recognized government and the Iran-Backed Houthis, said that the insurgency’s delegation has requested the release of foreign figures as a part of the exchange.

The government and insurgency delegations were asked to prepare lists of names of those to be included in the swap, present it to the opposing party to fill in on details concerning the fate of those mentioned, and then finally offer responses on traded summaries before moving to the handover of prisoners under UN monitoring. So far, Houthis have omitted all information concerning 232 persons listed by the government in what is being argued as a cover up for deaths under torture in Houthi-run dungeons.

Fadayel, for his part, said the prisoners' exchange deal has presented itself on a high level of complexity that requires commitment and humanitarian understanding, adding that Houthis “need to be serious” for the process to end in success.

He added that the recent meeting held in Jordan witnessed the revision of observations and that other than Houthis refusing to disclose on the fate of 232 war captives, other statements they made were fallible. Houthis claimed that those whose fate remains secret allegedly belong to al Qaeda and are internationally wanted and therefore will not be released by the group.

On that matter, Fadayel said Houthis were spreading fake news to gain media attention and distort the course of negotiations, confirming that the list put forth by the internationally-recognized government headed by Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi belong to political activists, journalists, and persons covered by the UN Security Council resolution 2216.

More so, family members of those kidnapped by Houthi militiamen have filed them as missing with local authorities.

Fadayel also said that 90 percent of the names listed by the government are not prisoners of war, but civilians who were abducted from the streets and the privacy of their homes.

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