Middle East

Yemen officials: 40 killed in 2 days of fighting, airstrikes

  • A motorist drives in floodwaters after a heavy rain in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A motorist drives in floodwaters after a heavy rain in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man looks at his mobile phone while riding a motorcycle in floodwaters on a rainy day in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A man looks at his mobile phone while riding a motorcycle in floodwaters on a rainy day in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • A boy swims in flood waters on a rainy day in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    A boy swims in flood waters on a rainy day in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

Yemeni officials say at least 40 people have been killed over the past two days across the country in violence that has strained a cease-fire that started this week.

The truce is meant to pave the way for peace talks between Yemen's warring sides, due next week in Kuwait.

The officials say the fatalities resulted from airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition, which is battling the country's Shiite rebels and their allies, and in fighting on the ground between rival groups. They say the capital, Sanaa, has been particularly hit by airstrikes.

They say a coalition airstrike Thursday in Nahm, an area east of Sanaa, killed at least one civilian and wounded five.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they aren't authorized to speak to journalists.