Middle East

UN's Yemen envoy says more than 700 prisoners released

  • A boy carries food supplies provided by a local charity to conflict-affected Yemenis in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A boy carries food supplies provided by a local charity to conflict-affected Yemenis in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly woman carries food supplies provided by a local charity to conflict-affected Yemenis in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    An elderly woman carries food supplies provided by a local charity to conflict-affected Yemenis in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A volunteer prepares food supplies provided by a local charity to conflict-affected Yemenis in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A volunteer prepares food supplies provided by a local charity to conflict-affected Yemenis in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N. special envoy says Yemen's warring sides have freed more than 700 prisoners, including more than 50 children, in an apparent good-will gesture amid peace talks that started two months ago.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed made the announcement on Thursday in Kuwait, where the talks are being held. He didn't say where and when the Yemeni captives were released or give a breakdown of prisoners freed by each side.

The talks are being suspended for the coming two weeks as the sides return to Yemen to consult their leadership. They will reconvene on July 15 in Kuwait.

Yemen's war, which has killed an estimated 9,000 people, pits Shiite rebels known as Houthis against the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states.