Sana'a: Two planes carrying Yemeni prisoners held by the Saudi-led coalition landed on Friday in the southern port city of Aden as a truce between the warring parties entered its second month, the Red Cross said.
The International Committee of the Red Cross is facilitating the transfer of at least 100 prisoners back to Yemen on three flights, said Basheer Omar, ICRC Yemen spokesman.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said last week that it would release 163 prisoners to its rivals - the Iran-backed Houthi militia - in support of a cease-fire agreement between the warring sides. The agreement, brokered by the United Nations, aims to pave the way to an end of Yemen's 8-year civil war.
Videos aired on the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel showed men dressed in white robes getting off a Red Cross airplane and holding flowers inside the Aden airport.
The truce, which went into effect on April 2, is the first nationwide ceasefire in Yemen in six years. It came amid concerted international and regional efforts to find a settlement to a conflict that has devastated the Arab world's poorest country and pushed it to the brink of famine.
But the full agreement has yet to be implemented. In late April, the warring sides failed to operate the first commercial flight in six years from the rebel-held capital of Sanaa as agreed under the truce. Houthi and coalition authorities have reported almost daily violations of the cease-fire, especially around the government-held central city of Marib, which the Houthis have attempted to seize for over a year.
Yemen's conflicted erupted in 2014, when the Iranian-backed Houthis seized Sanaa, and forced the government into exile. The Saudi-led coalition entered the war in early 2015 to try restore the government to power.