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

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.