Saudi and Yemen rebels agree prisoner swap, border calm

A Saudi soldier looks through binoculars from a position in the al-Dokhan mountains, on the Saudi-Yemeni border in southwestern Saudi Arabia, on April 13, 2015Yemen’s Huthi rebels have agreed to a prisoner swap and an apparent truce along the border following unprecedented talks with Saudi Arabia, the Riyadh-led military coalition intervening in Yemen said Wednesday. The talks marked the first direct negotiations between the Iran-backed rebels and Saudi Arabia, which a year ago launched an air war in support of Yemen’s government after the Huthis seized large parts of the country. Analysts said the agreement was the first time an important step had been taken in finding a resolution to the conflict, which the United Nations says has killed more than 6,000 people.

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