The Yemeni people cannot afford another setback to peace.
Beijing seeks normalcy in war-affected Yemen to ensure its flagship Belt and Road Initiative has safe access to the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea.
Return of Houthi prisoners to capital, Sanaa, comes two days after the Saudi-led military coalition announced freeing 200 Houthis, a decision the UN hailed.
Military coalition spokesman Turki al Maliki announces release of Houthi prisoners, says restrictions on air space will be eased to allow flights out of rebel-held airport in capital Sanaa.
By establishing formal diplomatic relations with the Houthis, Iran complicates Riyadh’s attempts to reach a deal with the Yemeni rebel group.
In an attempt to threaten Turkey over its limited cross-border operation in Syria, many European countries discontinued selling arms to Ankara, while they continue to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia to fuel its full-scale war in Yemen.
Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarea says the three-day "large-scale" operation was launched on August 25 and showed footage purportedly of the attack, but it was not clear why the announcement was being made weeks later.
The Saudi-led coalition said it had destroyed four sites used in assembling remote-controlled boats and sea mines to help protect the freedom of maritime navigation, as they launched a military operation north of Yemen's port city of Hodeidah.
The last surviving English paper in Yemen, the Yemen Observer, printed its final issue this year while only a handful of Arabic papers remain.
Residents said fighting restarted in Aden when government forces attacked the Yemeni city's eastern suburbs and fought artillery duels with UAE-backed southern separatists.
The UAE's actions in Yemen will have the same effect their policies have had in the rest of the Arab world: spreading disorder.
The Saudi-led coalition says it attacked an area in Aden that allegedly poses a "direct threat" to the Saudi-backed government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The separatists began withdrawing shortly after.
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