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Yemen's Shiite rebels seize another area in southern city of Aden, kill military commander

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace, in Dijbouti, Dijbouti, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Kerry said Wednesday he intends to discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused some thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Somalia,  France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace, in Dijbouti, Dijbouti, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Kerry said Wednesday he intends to discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused some thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Somalia, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace, in Dijbouti, Dijbouti, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Kerry said Wednesday he intends to discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused some thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Somalia,  France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf at the Presidential Palace, in Dijbouti, Dijbouti, Wednesday, May 6, 2015. Kerry said Wednesday he intends to discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused some thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Somalia, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport in Dijbouti City, Dijbouti, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, to visit with top Djiboutian officials. Kerry said Wednesday he intends to discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused some thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries.  Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Somalia,  France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport in Dijbouti City, Dijbouti, Wednesday, May 6, 2015, to visit with top Djiboutian officials. Kerry said Wednesday he intends to discuss with Saudi Arabian officials how to implement a "humanitarian pause" in Yemen's civil war, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that has already caused some thousands of people to flee to neighboring countries. Kerry is also visiting Sri Lanka, Somalia, France, and Saudi Arabia on his trip.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

Yemeni officials say Shiite rebels and their allies have seized another part of the southern port city of Aden after heavy fighting with militiamen loyal to the exiled government.

Military officials say rebels known as Houthis took Aden's southwestern Tawahi district, killing the area's military commander, Maj. Gen. Ali Nasser al-Hassani, in the process.

Meanwhile, security officials say Saudi-led airstrikes continued to pound the rebels, striking targets in Aden as well as the cities of Marib, Saada, and Dhamar. Dozens of rebels and their allies were killed there.

There was also fighting Wednesday in Marib province, and aircraft also struck the Anad air base north of Aden, once the site of U.S. intelligence operations.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't allowed to brief journalists.