Saudi Arabia: 109 Yemeni Detainees Freed in Exchange for 9 Saudis
The Saudi-led coalition fighting Shi'ite rebels in Yemen said Monday it released 109 Yemeni detainees in exchange for nine Saudis who were being held.
A coalition statement did not give details on where or how the Saudis were detained, but said the Yemenis had been held near the Saudi border.
Shi'ite Houthi rebels seized the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, in September 2014, and in March of last year pushed south to the port city of Aden in an offensive that sent President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi fleeing to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudis responded by organizing the coalition to conduct airstrikes against the Houthis, and later the conflict included pro-Hadi ground troops battling the rebels and some violence along the Saudi-Yemen border.
The conflict has left more than 6,000 people dead in the poorest Arab nation.
Syria Vows to Continue Fight Against IS After Taking Palmyra
Syria's army says the recapture of the historic site Palmyra will be a launching point for expanded operations against the Islamic State group.
Backed by Russian airstrikes, pro-Syrian forces reclaimed control of Palmyra after a 10-month Islamic State occupation that included the destruction of several monuments dating back nearly 2,000 years.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the offensive left 400 militants dead along with more than 180 pro-government fighters. President Bashar al-Assad hailed it as an "important achievement, and fresh proof of the efficiency of the Syrian army and its allies in fighting terrorism."
State media said experts will be in Palmyra in the coming days to assess the damage done by the militants.