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Saudis' release of Houthis met with both hope, skepticism

Houthi senior officials welcomed Saudi Arabia's release of detainees, but much remains to be resolved in the bloody four-year battle.

SANAA, Yemen — Houthi militia detainees recently released by Saudi Arabia arrived Nov. 28 in Sanaa to be repatriated, leading to speculation over whether Riyadh took the action from a position of power or one of vulnerability.

In a four-year-long proxy war, a Saudi-led Arab coalition has backed the UN-recognized government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, while Riyadh's arch-rival in the Middle East, Iran, supports the Houthi rebels.

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