UN's Yemen envoy says more than 700 prisoners released

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Posted: Jun 30, 2016 11:00 AM

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The U.N. special envoy says Yemen's warring sides have freed more than 700 prisoners, including more than 50 children, in an apparent good-will gesture amid peace talks that started two months ago.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed made the announcement on Thursday in Kuwait, where the talks are being held. He didn't say where and when the Yemeni captives were released or give a breakdown of prisoners freed by each side.

The talks are being suspended for the coming two weeks as the sides return to Yemen to consult their leadership. They will reconvene on July 15 in Kuwait.

Yemen's war, which has killed an estimated 9,000 people, pits Shiite rebels known as Houthis against the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states.