The International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it repatriated 128 Houthi rebel detainees from Saudi Arabia to the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which is held by the Houthi group since 2014.

“We are repatriating 128 detainees from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Sanaa,” the ICRC said on its Twitter account.

The International Committee welcomed the Saudi initiative saying: “We welcome this initiative and are pleased to see humanitarian considerations taken into account for the sake of the families waiting for their loved ones to return home”.

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