The UN mission in Yemen said that both the rebels and Yemeni government had decided to ‘immediately begin with exchanging the lists for the upcoming release’ of prisoners [File: Hani Al-Ansi/AP Photo]

Yemen‘s warring sides have agreed to implement a major prisoner swap, the United Nations has said, in a breakthrough that came after another bout of heavy fighting, including air raids by a Saudi-UAE-led military coalition that killed dozens of civilians.

Sunday’s announcement over the long-delayed exchange came after seven days of meetings in Jordan’s capital, Amman, between the Houthi rebels and the internationally-recognised government, which is backed by the coalition.

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The UN mission in Yemen said in a statement that both sides had decided to “immediately begin with exchanging the

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