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Yemen: another prisoner exchange ahead of a scheduled ceasefire

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Yemen’s Houthi militias, who control the capital Sanaa, have released nine Saudis in exchange for 109 Yemenis, the Saudi-led coalition said on Monday. The move comes ahead of planned peace talks next month.

"Nine Saudi prisoners have been recovered and 109 Yemenis who were arrested in the military operations zone" near the border have been handed over, the coalition said in a statement.

The prisoner swap is the latest confidence-building measure in the lead-up to a planned ceasefire and peace negotiations next month.

Last week, UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed announced that the combatants have agreed to a ceasefire from midnight on April 10, to be followed by peace talks in Kuwait on April 18.