SANAA, Yemen- Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels, on Wednesday, released two sons of slain former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, from prison, the group said. "The sons of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Salaah and Madyan, were released upon an amnesty, from the President of the Supreme Political Council, Mahdi al-Mashat (top Houthi official)," read the statement.

The release came nearly ten months after Houthi fighters arrested them, along with dozens of the former president's relatives, following deadly clashes in the capital Sanaa, that killed Saleh at the hands of Houthis.

On Dec 4, 2017, the Houthis said they killed Saleh, their once partner, after he sought peace with Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Sunni Gulf country, that led an Arab military coalition against the Iranian-allied Shiite Houthi rebels.

A senior Houthi source said that, the release came, following a "mediation from Oman" and that the sons of Saleh would be transported by an "Omani plane to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they would join their exiled older brother, Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh in Abu Dhabi."

Saleh's family became allied with the government of Saudi-backed exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, after Saleh broke out from alliance with the Houthis in late 2017. There were no comments yet from the government on the Houthis' statement.

Last week, the Saudi-backed internationally recognised government, said that, the "Houthis prevented a United Nations plane from landing in Sanaa, on Sept 28, to transport the sons of Saleh, according to an agreement to release them, signed by the Houthis."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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