Yemeni government troops have reportedly killed 33 Islamic militants on Thursday in two cities in the country’s restive south, as the war between the state and al-Qaeda show no signs of abating.

Heavy fighting in the western outskirts of the city of Jaar, in Abyan province, also lead to untold numbers of wounded. Yemeni warplanes also attacked the city. Other causalities were recorded in the city of Zinjibar, where militants launched a counter-attack against government troops.

Aided by the U.S., Europe and Gulf Arabs, the Yemeni state is determined to flush out the militants who control large swathes of the southern regions of the impoverished nation.

On Monday, al Qaeda forces launched a suicide attack on solider in the capital of Sanaa, killing at least 100 of them.