SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni authorities say forces loyal to the nation’s internationally recognized government have recaptured a key crossroads town in the southwestern province of Hodeidah in an effort to stop supply lines to the Shiite rebels.

Yemen’s battle pits a Saudi-led coalition allied with the internationally recognized government towards Shiite Houthi rebels, who are allied with Iran and control a lot of northern Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.

The officials said Tuesday that will forces backed by airstrikes in the Saudi coalition have taken control of the city of Hays after two weeks associated with fierce fighting against the rebels. These people spoke on condition of invisiblity because they were not authorized to short the media.

The officials state the fighting has killed a minimum of 85 people from both edges in the past 48 hours.