The leader of the Houthi group, Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, renewed his Saudi call for the release of Palestinian detainees from the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in the Kingdom, in exchange for the release of two pilots and a number of Saudi officers who were captured by his group.

Al-Houthi said that efforts were made and offers were made to Saudi Arabia to obtain the release of those he described as Palestinian kidnappers, but they were rejected, expressing his willingness to complete the presented offer.

He added, "We exerted efforts and offered the Saudi regime multiple options for the release of the kidnapped Palestinians, but so far, it is stubborn."

In March 2020, Hamas expressed its appreciation for the initiative of the leader of the Houthi group, Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi, to exchange Saudi prisoners with Palestinian detainees.

At the time, a member of the Movement’s International Relations Office, Bassem Naeem, revealed that the movement was in direct contact, and through intermediaries, with Saudi Arabia to release Palestinian detainees who were accused of supporting terrorism.