Yemen fighting kills more than 50: residents, medical sources

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At least 5,600 people have been killed in seven months of war in Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, and the United Nations says the humanitarian situation, exacerbated by the Arab coalition's blockade of Yemeni ports, grows worse every day.

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Fire and smoke rise after a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Saudi security forces, whose faces display the word "Decisive" in reference to Operation Decisive Storm, an operation against Shiite rebels in Yemen, take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Saudi security forces, whose faces display the word "Decisive" in reference to Operation Decisive Storm, an operation against Shiite rebels in Yemen, take part in a military parade in preparation for the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
Yemeni fighters loyal to President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi sit in the back of a pickup truck in the countryside outside Marib, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. The Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels pounded the insurgents' positions Thursday with heavy artillery fire on the outskirts of the central city of Marib, part of their push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)
People look at a vehicle destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Men inspect the rubble of houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
An Emirati gunner watches for enemy fire from the rear gate of a United Arab Emirates Chinook military helicopter flying over Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. The Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels pounded the insurgents' positions Thursday with heavy artillery fire on the outskirts of the central city of Marib, part of their push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)
A shopkeeper and other Yemeni men chew qat, Yemen's favorite drug, outside a clothing store in Marib, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. The Saudi-led coalition targeting Yemen's Shiite rebels pounded the insurgents' positions Thursday with heavy artillery fire on the outskirts of the central city of Marib, part of their push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)
Men inspect amid the rubble of a house destroyed by Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Shiite fighters known as Houthis inspect amid the rubble of the Houthi-controlled headquarters of the Yemeni army destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. The conflict escalated in March as a Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes against the Houthis. With support from the Saudi-led coalition, pro-government forces recently pushed the Houthis out of several key southern areas, including Aden in July. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hits an army base in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
People look at houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
A man stands in a chocolate factory destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
A worker looks at a chocolate factory destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
A car and houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
People look at houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
People stand amid the rubble of houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
People gather at the site of vehicles and houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
People l ook at houses destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Elsewhere, the Saudi-led coalition is pounding Yemen's Shiite rebels on the outskirts of the city of Marib in its push to retake the capital, Sanaa. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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The conflict pits the Iran-allied Houthis and army units loyal to Saleh against armed groups who support exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi alongside a Saudi-led Arab coalition.

The coalition is fighting to restore Hadi to power following the Houthis' seizure of control of much of Yemen in late 2014 and early 2015, and reverse what it sees as an expansion of influence by Iran, the regional rival of Riyadh.

Several residents said the Houthis and the forces loyal to Saleh had taken control of Damt district, and of al Qabbayta district in Lahej governorate.

Other residents said without elaborating that anti-Houthi fighters had made a tactical withdrawal from those locations, and were receiving air support from the coalition.

Peace efforts have made only limited progress.

All major combatants have publicly agreed to implement U.N. Security Council Resolution 2216, which calls on Houthi and Saleh forces to withdraw from the country's main cities and surrender arms captured from Yemeni government forces.

But while Hadi and the coalition have previously demanded that this happen before talks begin, the Houthis and Saleh want talks to address the mechanism for implementing Resolution 2216.

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