Mar 27, 2020 13:01 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jun 01, 2020 07:27 Asia/Tehran]
  • Sayyed Abdulmalik Offers Exchange for Pilot and Saudi Officers for Release of Hamas Detainees
    Sayyed Abdulmalik Offers Exchange for Pilot and Saudi Officers for Release of Hamas Detainees

Palestinian groups praised Yemen's Ansarullah initiative to exchange Saudi prisoners with Palestinian detainees in Saudi Arabia.

Iran PressMiddle East: A senior member of Palestine’s Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) Mahmoud al-Zahar said on Thursday that Palestinian detainees have lived in Saudi jails for years, and the Israeli occupiers must know that the decision of the Resistance forces aimed at the release the Palestinians. 

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine also said in a statement that Ansarullah's initiative reflects the Yemeni people's enduring and genuine stance on supporting Palestine and its people campaign against Israeli regime and a symbol of the solidarity of Muslim countries to fight the occupiers.

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine condemned the Saudis' move to continue detaining Palestinians, saying that the detention of Hamas members in Saudi Arabia continues as the Saudi regime going toward normalizing relations with the Israeli regime.

Earlier, the Senior spokesman of Hamas Sami Abu Zuhri reported that there are 60 Palestinians detained in Saudi jails, some of whom are either Hamas senior members or Hamas supporters.

The Leader of Ansarullah Movement Abdul Malik al-Houthi delivered a speech on Thursday on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Saudi aggression on Yemen and announced the full preparedness of Ansarullah to release a Saudi pilot and four other Saudi officers so that the release of the Saudi-jailed Palestinians would be possible as the part of the exchange of captives process.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crushing the Ansarullah movement.

The US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than 100,000 lives over the past nearly five years.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased billions of dollars' worth of weapons from the United States, France and the United Kingdom in the war on Yemen.

The Saudi-led coalition has been widely criticized for the high civilian death toll from its bombing campaign.

The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

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