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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