"I hope this step will lead to further initiatives that will facilitate the exchange of all the conflict-related detainees as per the Stockholm Agreement", said the U.N.'s Yemen Envoy Martin Griffiths, calling on all parties to meet soon to discuss exchanges. The attack was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels.
A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis on behalf of an internationally recognized Yemeni government since 2015. Numerous men, who apparently surrendered to the rebels, were dressed in flip flops and the traditional sarong-like clothing worn in Yemen and parts of Saudi Arabia.
A government source confirmed to AFP that 200 prisoners were killed in the fighting, but said that the number of prisoners taken was less than the Houthis claimed, estimating the number to be about 1,300 Yemeni soldiers.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which facilitated the release, said 290 Yemeni nationals were transferred from the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa to their homes. Each side was meant to release around 7,000 prisoners.
That follows a shock provide on September 20 by the Houthis to halt drone and missile assaults on Saudi Arabia if the coalition stops launching airstrikes.
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The security council also gave its full support to a plan floated by Martin Griffiths, the United Nations special envoy for Yemen, to hold informal consultations with Yemeni political actors and establish an advisory group in preparation for the resumption of formal negotiations. Houthi fighters are shown apparently launching attacks on coalition troops, clashes that left what appears to be corpses in Saudi military uniforms.
It's a move which could revive efforts to end a war that has sparked the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Usually, they force the soldier to show his ID and speak on camera as proof.
The Sept. 14 assault was claimed by the Houthis, though the kingdom says it was "unquestionably sponsored by Iran". The coalition has not yet responded.
A Houthi navy spokesman, chatting with journalists in Sanaa, didn't say when the offensive befell however stated it occurred close to Saudi Arabia's southern Najran area, near the border with northern Yemen's Houthi-dominated Saada province.
Yemen's interior minister denied that the incident had taken place and said video released by the Houthis was old footage.