Warring parties in Yemen exchange 20 prisoners

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Sanaa – Yemeni and its foe Houthi rebels exchanged 20 prisoners through a tribal mediation on Monday, a government official said.

“A total of 10 soldiers and 10 rebels were set free,” Yahya al-Hasir, head of prisoners committee, told Xinhua by phone.

swap took place in Moton district in the -controlled northeastern province of Jawf.

Previous local mediation had succeeded in several swap deals between rival forces.

Yemen has been plagued in a civil war since late 2014 after Houthi rebels overran the capital Sanaa and forced the internationally-recognised of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi into exile. (Xinhua/NAN)