SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni security officials say clashes that have been underway since the previous day have killed 42 people, despite a day-old cease-fire and peace talks taking place in Switzerland.
The officials said Wednesday there has been fighting since Tuesday in the provinces of Ibb, Bayda, Marib, Jawf, and Taiz. They say that in the besieged city of Taiz, shelling by Shiite rebels known as Houthis killed six civilians.
The officials are neutral in the conflict and spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to reporters.
Yemen's fighting is pitting the rebels and army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against forces of the internationally recognized government, allied with southern separatists, religious extremists and other militants. The government is backed by a Saudi-led coalition.