Yemen Govt, Rebels Swap Names of 15,000 Prisoners at UN Talks


Yemen's government and rival rebels announced Tuesday plans for a mass prisoner swap, exchanging some 15,000 names, as UN-brokered talks on ending the country's war entered their seventh day.

The government of Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Yemen's northern Huthi rebels are in Sweden for talks on a devastating conflict that has pushed 14 million people to the brink of famine. 

The Huthi rebels announced that the names of a total of 15,000 detainees and prisoners had been exchanged. A source in the government delegation said their side had released the names of 8,200 detainees but declined to comment on the combined total.

Both parties have two weeks to revise the list of names. 

The Sweden talks are the first meeting between the two parties in the Yemen conflict, which pits the Iran-backed Huthis against the Hadi government, allied with a regional military coalition led by Saudi Arabia.