SANAA, Yemen -- Yemeni officials say heavy fighting in Yemens southern Dhale province between pro-government forces and Shiite rebels has killed more than 85 people.
The officials say the Houthi rebels recaptured the district of Damt and the surrounding area from forces allied with the internationally recognized government after more than a week of fighting. They say dozens have been wounded.
Yemen has been embroiled in a civil war pitting the Iran-backed Houthis against the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led coalition since March 2015.
The war has devastated impoverished Yemen, turning the Arab nation into the worlds worst humanitarian crisis.
The officials spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.