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Fighting Between Yemeni Forces, Rebels Kills 48


Yemen

Two days of fighting between Yemeni government forces and Houthi rebels have killed at least 48 people, Yemeni military officials said Sunday.

The Iranian-backed rebels attacked in a region between central Marib and Shabwa provinces, and were beaten backed by loyalist solders.

A Yemeni general says his forces will not stop fighting until they have retaken the entire region from the Houthis.

A cease-fire between Yemeni forces and the rebels has largely held, despite occasional flare-ups of fighting.

The truce is aimed at reaching a permanent settlement in Yemen during ongoing U.N.-sponsored talks in Kuwait.

Fighting on the ground in Yemen along with Saudi-led airstrikes have led to a humanitarian catastrophe, with the U.N. saying 80 percent of Yemeni civilians are in dire need of food and medicine.

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