Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Yemen releases hundreds of rebels

Yemen authorities have released hundreds of rebel detainees

A Shiite rebel spokesman said Yemen authorities have released hundreds of rebel detainees.

Mohammed Abdel-Salam said at least 428 Hawthi detainees were freed on Thursday.

Abdel-Salam said the release was mediated by Qatar, which brokered a cease-fire between President Ali Abdellah Saleh's government and the Hawthi rebels last February.

The Hawthi Shiite tribesman in Yemen have waged an on-and-off struggle against the government for the last six years.

Prisoner releases come periodically.

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