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Yemen warring sides in ‘final’ talks on prisoner swap deal

Yemen’s warring sides will meet in Geneva today, Thursday, for UN-sponsored talks on the final touches of a deal to release more than 1,400 prisoners, sources on the two sides said.
The internationally recognised government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels agreed to exchange some 15,000 detainees as part of a peace deal brokered by the United Nations in Sweden in 2018.
The two sides have made sporadic prisoner swaps, but the release of 1,420 people -- if it materialises -- will mark the first large-scale prisoner trade since the war erupted in 2014. Members of the government’s committee for prisoner affairs said that 900 loyalists will be released in exchange for 520 insurgents.
“The meeting will address the release of the first batch of prisoners, 1,420 people from the two sides,” Majed Fadael, a member of the committee, said.