U.S. secures the release of 2 Americans from Yemen in exchange for 250 Iran-backed Yemeni militants
In a sudden swap on Wednesday in Yemen two US civilians and the remains of a third American, Houthi rebels liberated some 250 Yemeni insurgents.
Sandra Loli, an American aid worker who had been kept as prisoner for three years, and Mikael Gidada, who had been kept for one year, and Bilal Fateen were flown to Oman.
For many years between 240 and 283 Yemeni rebellious citizens, stranded in Oman, flew from Saudi Arabia to the capital, Sanaa.
Medical aid for Yemen was also covered, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Saudi Arabia, which has battled the Iranian-supported Houthis since 2014 in a gruesome Citizens' Battle, "was highly worried about the return to Yemen of three dozen Houthi fighters whose training in Iran had been trained in drones and missiles," reports the Newspaper.
"The deal sponsored by the United States between Houthis and Saudi Arabia contains the biggest deal responsible for the relocation of armed enemies of the United States and its supporters to an active war region."
The return of American hostages held overseas was underlined by President Trump.
"We can not stop until the citizens in detention get their loved ones returned," said Robert O'Brien, the longtime leading negotiator in the hostage, national security advisor.
The exchange also met with pleasure of Senior Houthis politician Muhammad Ali al-Houthi.
"After a long wait which was not intended to take place since the crime of the Saudi aggression," he said, "we thank those injured for their return to their homeland."
The White House termed the assertion "patently and categorically false" and also dismissed Houthi 's statement that the talks had been underway for several months. It was suggested that "the US administration wished the pause to benefit, on the one hand, from the demonization of the Yemeni citizens and on the other, to underline the popularity of his upcoming election campaign."
More than 112 000 civilians have been destroyed by the civil war in Yemen between Saudi Arabia and Iraq and one of the greatest humanitarian problems in the world.
The U.S. military funding for the Saudi offensive is bipartisan in Congress and Trump vetoed a law that would terminate this funding.
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