No charges for attack ‘suspect’
Swap comes ahead of talks
The Saudi-led coalition that is fighting a war with Yemen’s Houthi rebels said it has traded 109 Yemeni prisoners taken during the fighting for nine Saudis who were being held captive.
It was the latest prisoner exchange ahead of a scheduled April ceasefire and peace talks, coming just after tribal authorities and Yemeni officials said suspected US drone strikes killed at least 10 suspected Al Qaeda militants in the country.
A coalition statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the trade happened on Sunday, but it did not explain how the Saudis ended up in custody in Yemen. It said the Yemenis held had been detained in “areas of operations near the border of Saudi Arabia.”
The exchange comes as the Saudi-led coalition, which includes members of the UAE Armed Forces, and the Houthi rebels have agreed to a ceasefire at midnight on April 10 ahead of peace talks starting on April 18 in Kuwait.
Earlier this month, another exchange saw Saudi Arabia release seven Yemenis for one of its soldiers.
In its statement, the coalition said it hoped the tentative calm in Yemen would allow “aid to reach all Yemeni territories” and would support United Nations’ efforts to end the fighting.
Tribesmen and security officials said that suspected US drone strikes late on Saturday into Sunday morning targeted an Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula camp in the Mahfad area of Yemen’s southern Abyan province.
They said that at least 10 suspected extremists were killed and others were wounded in the strikes.
Mahfad has been a major site for training camps for Al Qaeda in Yemen.
Meanwhile, projectiles fired from Yemen landed in Saudi Arabia late on Sunday night, wounding eight people, the SPA said.
A man detained in connection with the Brussels attacks has been released from custody. A judge found there was no evidence to justify holding Faycal C, the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement yesterday. Prosecutors had reported earlier that the man was facing preliminary charges of “involvement in a terrorist group, terrorist murder and attempted terrorist murder.” Meanwhile, authorities announced that the number of victims from last week’s airport and subway suicide bombings had risen to 35. Belgian Health Minister Maggie De Block announced on her Twitter account that four of those hospitalised after the attacks had died of their injuries. People continued to lay tributes at the memorial site yesterday (pictured).