Government forces and Houthis in Yemen prisoner swap

Al Jazeera 

One of the largest prisoner swaps has taken place in Yemen's Taiz between pro-government fighters and Houthi rebels following mediation by local tribes. Abdullatif al-Muradi, a tribal chief, said on Saturday that government forces, who control Taiz, released 118 prisoners, while Houthis freed 76. Pro-government officials in Taiz confirmed the exchange. The deal took place separately from the negotiations taking place in Kuwait since nine weeks ago to end the conflict which began in March last year. Just hours before the prisoner exchange, the rebels rained rocket fire on several parts of Taiz, residents said.