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Reference : V-F-CR-F-03038-B
Date : 10/2020
Country/Region : SAUDI ARABIA; YEMEN
Title : Yémen : divers témoignages sur la libération des détenus = Yemen : various testimonies on the release of detainees
Duration : 00:02:13
Cameraman : various
Editor : ISMAIL, Mirna
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Cameraman : various
Editor : ISMAIL, Mirna
Description : More than 1,000 people formerly detained in relation to the conflict in Yemen were transported back to their region of origin or to their home countries by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the largest operation of its kind during the five-and-a-half-year war.
The two-day process (October 15th-16th, 2020) involved 11 ICRC-operated flights into and out of five cities in two countries – Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The number of detainees released and provided with transportation was 1,056.
The near-simultaneous releases are the results of talks in Montreux, Switzerland in September, which built upon the works of the Stockholm Agreement in late 2018. The ICRC’s role in the release operation was to act as a neutral intermediary in transporting the former detainees. The ICRC spoke with the detainees one-on-one and carried out medical checks before their release to be sure they wanted to be transported home and were healthy enough to do so.
Eleven flights took off or landed at two airports in Saudi Arabia -- Abha and Riyadh -- and three airports in Yemen: Aden, Sana’a and Seyoun. The ICRC provided the detainees with clothes, hygiene material and money for the final leg of the trip home.
The ICRC distributed personal protection equipment, provided health guidance and carried out social distancing measures in the airports and airplanes to protect against the transmission of COVID-19. Medical staff and volunteers from the Yemen Red Crescent Society and the Saudi Red Crescent Authority assisted in the two-day operation at the airports and on the flights, including helping infirm detainees on and off the planes and providing ambulance services.
This detainee release is the biggest that the ICRC has been involved with in the Yemen conflict. The ICRC previously transported detainees from the conflict in Yemen on about a half dozen occasions between November 2019 and September 2020.
Original language : English; French
Other language : International soundtrack
French title : Yémen : divers témoignages sur la libération des détenus
English title : Yemen : various testimonies on the release of detainees
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1080 x 1354
Aspect ratio : square
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