ICRC Finishes Logistical and Technical Preparations for Captives Exchange Process
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Sanaa on Wednesday announced the completion of logistical and technical preparations for the captives exchange process under the agreement signed by Yemeni parties in Sweden consultations.
“The ICRC has allocated 80 staff, including 15 delegates to carry out the exchange of captives, and two planes at the airports of Sanaa and Sayoun, as well as places for receiving and gathering prisoners” Mirella Hodeib, ICRC press officer, said in a press conference.
Hodeib indicated that the prisoner swap is now subject to the completion of a final agreement on lists of the captives, expressing her hope that the underway negotiations in Amman would achieve progress in the coming days.
In response to a question on the captive Saudi soldier Moussa Awaji, she explained that the ICRC representatives had seen the critical health situation of Awaji, and that the ICRC is ready to facilitate any agreement on him.
On December 16, a delegation of the National Salvation Government traveled to the Jordanian capital of Amman to hold talks with Riyadh’s delegation to discuss ways to overcome the obstacles facing the captives exchange agreement, which was adopted on December 13 in the UN-sponsored Yemeni consultations in Sweden.
ICRC was held a press conference on Wednesday in the capital Sanaa to present the latest developments in the captives exchange file signed in Sweden’s consultations.
Al-Mortada stressed that Salvation national government and the National Committee for Captives and Missing Persons provided all the information that it has about thousands of prisoners in all Yemeni and foreign parties to the United Nations.
National Committee for Captives’ Affairs said on last Friday that it informed the Saudi side through the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Yemen that one of the Saudi captives is sick and his condition is worsening.
The committee offered the Saudi side an urgent deal for the captive in exchange for releasing a number of wounded captives and that the operation would be carried out through the United Nations.
The committee confirmed that it had informed the International Committee of the Red Cross about the prisoner’s condition and had been visited by the ICRC several times.