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The Yemeni government and the Iranian backed Shiite Houthi rebels have agreed to exchange over 1,000 prisoners, United Nations special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths announced on Sunday.

“Releasing 1,081 individuals would and indeed will be the largest release operation during the history of the conflict of Yemen,” Griffiths said during a press conference in Geneva, where both parties have held talks.