Iran backed Houthi supporters rally in Sanaa. REUTERS./

 – An official of Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Saturday the group had received 13 detainees released by Saudi Arabia in exchange for a Saudi detainee freed earlier, ahead of a wider prisoners exchange agreed by the warring sides.

Houthi official Abdul Qader al-Mortada said on Twitter the 13 detainees had arrived in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, which is held by the Iran-aligned Houthi group that has been battling a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia since 2015.

The Saudi government media office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

(Reporting by Mohammed Alghobari in Aden and Enas Alashray in Cairo; Writing by Ghaida Ghantous, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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