• DATE IMPORTED:May 10, 2015People flee as smoke billows after air strikes hit the house of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa May 10, 2015. Saleh and his family are safe after airstrikes targeted his residence in the capital Sanaa early on Sunday, a news agency allied to the former Yemeni president said.REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayagh
  • A boy shouts slogans as he raises a dagger during a rally against U.S. support to Saudi-led air strikes, in Yemen's capital SanaaREUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
  • Walaa Hussien al-Hutroum, 9, sits with her grandmother Safia Ahmed at a hospital where she is being treated for injuries she sustained from an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition, in Sanaa, Yemen April 25, 2015. The girl was hit by shrapnel from a missile that struck a nearby checkpoint on a road she and her family were traveling on as they were fleeing their home in Yemen's northwestern province of Saada a week ago, medics said.REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
  • Bashar al-Bahri, 12, who was injured by a car bomb attack on a mosque, is helped by a relative at a hospital in Yemen's capital Sanaa June 27, 2015REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
  • A boy injured in a recent Saudi-led air strike lies on a hospital bed in Yemen's capital Sanaa July 25, 2015. Saudi-led coalition forces announced a humanitarian truce in their campaign against Houthi forces in Yemen would take effect on Sunday evening at 11:59 p.m local time, Saudi state news agency SPA said.REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
  • People carry a body from the rubble of a house destroyed by an air strike at the old quarter of Yemen's capital Sanaa, September 19, 2015. At least ten Yemeni civilians were killed in air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes that targeted this neighborhood, medical sources said on Saturday.REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
  • Hamoud Yahya Abdullah, 18, a Houthi fighter injured during recent fighting in Yemen's southern port city of Aden, sits on a hospital bed in the capital Sanaa August 9, 2015. Saudi Arabia and a coalition of other Sunni Muslim states have been fighting since March to restore Yemen's exiled government and to repel the Iran-allied, Shi'ite Houthis, who took control of the capital Sanaa in September.REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
  • People carry the body of a man killed by an air strike on a Scud missile base in Yemen's capital Sanaa April 20, 2015. The air strike on a Scud missile base in Sanaa caused a big explosion that blew out windows in homes, killing seven civilians and wounding dozens, medical sources told Reuters.REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
  • People stand near the body of a man killed in one of Friday's suicide bomb attacks, at a hospital morgue in Sanaa March 21, 2015. Suicide bombers killed at least 137 worshippers and wounded hundreds more during Friday prayers at two mosques in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, in coordinated attacks claimed by Islamic State.REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi
  • People carry the body of a man they uncovered from under the rubble of a house destroyed by an air strike in Sana'a June 12, 2015.REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Houthi rebels and pro-government forces in central Yemen exchanged about 194 prisoners -- 118 Houthis and 76 pro-government fighters -- in Taiz city on Saturday, as reported by Reuters.

This was the largest such swap to take place in Yemen's third largest city since the beginning of a civil war last year the Houthis rebels forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia after a Saudi-led coalition tried to Hadi to come to power again.

The recent exchange of prisoners is expected to solidify the ceasefire declared in April after mistrust due to repeated violations by both the sides.  

The threat from Islamic State(ISIS) militants and Al Qaeda militants who control large swathes of Yemen, and borders Saudi Arabia may be prompting the two sides to cooperate.

Since the truce has been announced, the thaw in the fighting between the Iranian-allied Houthis and supporters of the internationally-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has brought relief in Yemen.

But despite the start of U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait, fighting has continued in Taiz. Neither side has been able to extend control over the entire city.

At least 12 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a rocket attack earlier this month. 

According to a recent report by the United Nations and the Yemeni government, more than half of the Yemenis need emergency food and life-saving assistance. 

Meanwhile, Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman is scheduled to meet U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday over UN's blacklisting of the Saudi-led coalition for its role in killing children in Yemen, according to another Reuters report.