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Saudi Arabia says 109 Yemenis traded for 9 Saudis amid war

  • Supporters of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, seen in posters, who are allies of Shiite rebels known as Houthis, attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Saudi-led military campaign against them, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 26, 2016. On Friday, in his first speech in months, the leader of the Houthi rebels called for street rallies to mark the occasion. Yet his tone was comparatively subdued, suggesting that the Houthis are under pressure following yearlong airstrikes and a ground operation that have killed thousands of civilians. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Supporters of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, seen in posters, who are allies of Shiite rebels known as Houthis, attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Saudi-led military campaign against them, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 26, 2016. On Friday, in his first speech in months, the leader of the Houthi rebels called for street rallies to mark the occasion. Yet his tone was comparatively subdued, suggesting that the Houthis are under pressure following yearlong airstrikes and a ground operation that have killed thousands of civilians. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who are allies of Shiite rebels known as Houthis, attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Saudi-led military campaign against them, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 26, 2016. On Friday, in his first speech in months, the leader of the Houthi rebels, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, called for street rallies to mark the occasion. Yet his tone was comparatively subdued, suggesting that the Houthis are under pressure following yearlong airstrikes and a ground operation that have killed thousands of civilians. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Supporters of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who are allies of Shiite rebels known as Houthis, attend a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Saudi-led military campaign against them, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 26, 2016. On Friday, in his first speech in months, the leader of the Houthi rebels, Abdul-Malek al-Houthi, called for street rallies to mark the occasion. Yet his tone was comparatively subdued, suggesting that the Houthis are under pressure following yearlong airstrikes and a ground operation that have killed thousands of civilians. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A supporter of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with Shiite rebels known as Houthis, attends a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Saudi-led military campaign against the Houthis, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 26, 2016. On Friday, in his first speech in months, the leader of the Houthi rebels called for street rallies to mark the occasion. Yet his tone was comparatively subdued, suggesting that the Houthis are under pressure following yearlong airstrikes and a ground operation that have killed thousands of civilians. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

    A supporter of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with Shiite rebels known as Houthis, attends a rally to mark the first anniversary of the Saudi-led military campaign against the Houthis, in Sanaa, Yemen, Saturday, March 26, 2016. On Friday, in his first speech in months, the leader of the Houthi rebels called for street rallies to mark the occasion. Yet his tone was comparatively subdued, suggesting that the Houthis are under pressure following yearlong airstrikes and a ground operation that have killed thousands of civilians. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed  (The Associated Press)

Saudi Arabia says a coalition it leads fighting Shiite rebels in Yemen has traded 109 Yemeni prisoners for nine Saudis held there.

The coalition said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency on Monday that it made the trade Sunday. It did not explain how the Saudis were detained in Yemen, though it said the Yemenis held had been detained in "areas of operations near the border of Saudi Arabia."

Saudi-led troops have been battling Shiite rebels known as Houthis for over two years now in support of Yemen's internationally recognized government.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in the fighting and millions are displaced in Yemen. Both sides have agreed to a cease-fire at midnight on April 10 ahead of peace talks starting April 18 in Kuwait.