Prisoner exchanges in Yemen remain impossible due to Saudi unwillingness and UN inaction

Prisoner exchanges in Yemen remain impossible due to Saudi unwillingness and UN inaction

The Head of the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, Abdulqadir al-Murtadha, has confirmed on Sunday that US-Saudi aggression forces and its mercenaries are obstructing the implementation of agreements signed regarding the exchange of prisoners.

“A full year has passed since the implementation of the first and last prisoner exchange deal under the auspices of the United Nations,” al-Murtadha wrote in a post published on his Twitter page.

“After that we have been unable to implement any new deals, due to the obstruction by the forces of aggression and their mercenaries, seeking to block the implementation of the rest of the signed agreements, in addition to clear UN inability to move forward in this humanitarian issue.”

In the face of the obstacles that the aggression places in the way of implementing prisoner exchange agreements, including those carried out under the auspices of the United Nations, the Prisoners’ Affairs Committee is now seeking exchanges through local mediation, but the aggression is trying to close this door as well.

The mercenaries of the aggression have received strict Saudi directives to prevent local exchanges since March, and as a result the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs has only been able to carry out a handful of individual exchanges.

Last June, Al-Murtadha revealed new Saudi directives to its mercenaries to stop all locally agreed exchanges. He explained that the Saudi directives to its mercenaries led to the suspension of seven prisoner swap deals on several fronts, which would have freed 400 prisoners from both sides of the conflict.

Earleir, the forces of aggression had carried out in mid-October 2020, a swap deal that included hundreds of prisoners from both sides under an agreement signed after negotiations hosted by Switzerland.

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