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The Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Joint efforts of the Coalition Command and the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen succeed in retrieving the Saudi Prisoner of War detained by the Houthi militia, and suffers from deteriorating health situation.

Riyadh, Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the Official Spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, stated: at (2145) this evening, the Saudi POW Private 1st class Mousa Bin Shou'i 'Awaji arrived at King Salman Air Base in Riyadh.

He added: As a result of the joint efforts by the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition and SESGY Matin Griffiths, which ensued in the release of the Saudi POW detained by the Houthi militia, suffering from deteriorating health situation, and not receiving proper medical care by the Houthi militia, the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition has agreed to release (7) Houthi detainees in exchange for the Saudi POW detained by the Houthi militia. This reflects the resolve of the Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to retrieve the Saudi POW in accordance with the Third Geneva Convention, related to POWs, and humanitarian values and principles. The efforts to retrieve all POW Coalition forces are ongoing.

Colonel Al-Malki indicated that the detainee and POW negotiations do not receive due consideration by Houthi militia, and their intransigence has stood against the negotiations. As they attempt to acquire political or military gains with blatant disregard to the humanitarian aspect: The Houthi militia is still imprisoning thousands of Yemeni people, including political, social and military leaderships. Foremost among them is Major General Mahmoud Al-Subaihi, former Yemeni Minister of Defense, whose immediate and unconditional release was included in UNSCR 2216 (2015).

The Official Spokesman concluded his statement by extending the Joint Forces Command's thanks to SESGY Martin Griffiths and the ICRC for positively responding to its keenness in retrieving the POW, and considering his health condition, that requires medical care, which was not provided by the Houthi militia.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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