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Yemen pro-government forces free another area in south, dozens killed in battle with rebels

  • FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2015, file photo, a Yemeni man carrying his daughter looks at a building destroyed during fighting against Houthi fighters in the port city of Aden, Yemen. The international group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) says it has treated more than 10,000 war-wounded in Yemen since March and that aid groups are being overwhelmed by the country's massive humanitarian needs. (AP Photo/Ahmed Sameer, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, July 19, 2015, file photo, a Yemeni man carrying his daughter looks at a building destroyed during fighting against Houthi fighters in the port city of Aden, Yemen. The international group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) says it has treated more than 10,000 war-wounded in Yemen since March and that aid groups are being overwhelmed by the country's massive humanitarian needs. (AP Photo/Ahmed Sameer, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2015, file photo, a man searches for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen. The international group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) says it has treated more than 10,000 war-wounded in Yemen since March and that aid groups are being overwhelmed by the country's massive humanitarian needs. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2015, file photo, a man searches for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes in the old city of Sanaa, Yemen. The international group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) says it has treated more than 10,000 war-wounded in Yemen since March and that aid groups are being overwhelmed by the country's massive humanitarian needs. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, file photo, a man injured in a recent Saudi-led airstrike, background, lies on a hospital bed to receive treatment in Sanaa, Yemen. The international group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) says it has treated more than 10,000 war-wounded in Yemen since March and that aid groups are being overwhelmed by the country's massive humanitarian needs. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

    In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, file photo, a man injured in a recent Saudi-led airstrike, background, lies on a hospital bed to receive treatment in Sanaa, Yemen. The international group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) says it has treated more than 10,000 war-wounded in Yemen since March and that aid groups are being overwhelmed by the country's massive humanitarian needs. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)  (The Associated Press)

Yemeni officials say pro-government forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, have taken control of another district in southern Abyan province after a battle with Shiite rebels that killed dozens.

Security and medical officials said Monday that more than 35 rebels, known as Houthis, were killed as well as and 15 people from the pro-government side in the battle for Lawder district.

They say parliament's deputy speaker, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Shadadi, was seriously wounded and four of his bodyguards were killed in an ambush nearby and was evacuated to Aden. They say he'll likely be taken to Saudi Arabia for treatment.

The security officials say pro-government forces now have control of more than 90 percent of Abyan.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of regulations.