The Huthis hold Sanaa while the Saudi led-military coalition controls Yemen's maritime borders and airspace.
Yemeni prisoners wait for their relatives during their arrival after being released by the Saudi-led coalition in the airport of Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.
An AFP correspondent saw the prisoners arriving in Sanaa on three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) planes and being met at the airport by rebel commanders and some family members.
A group of Houthi prisoners released by Saudi Arabia arrived in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday, the witnesses said, in a step that may encourage efforts to end a almost five-year war in the country.
In September, the Houthis released dozens of captives who had been detained since the rebels took Sanaa, along with much of northern Yemen, in 2014.
The Saudi-led coalition launched its campaign in 2015 to drive out the Houthis and restore the internationally recognized government of President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, now exiled in Saudi Arabia.
The prisoners released Thursday had been captured in various parts of Yemen between 2015 and earlier this year.
"The ICRC sees the release as a positive step and hopes that it will spur further releases and repatriations of conflict-related detainees", the global body said in a statement.
The coalition will also enable flights in cooperation with the World Health Organization to carry patients from Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital of Sana'a to countries where they can receive suitable medical care, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement.
"More than 10 million people are on the verge of starvation".
The United Nations (UN) is trying to restart political negotiations to end the war, which has killed tens of thousands of people and pushed millions to the brink of starvation.