SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi Arabia says its military coalition will scale down operations in Yemen.

The announcement comes as the death toll from an airstrike by the alliance on a market north of the Yemeni capital this week nearly doubled, reaching 119. A U.N. official says 22 children were among those killed on Tuesday in the Hajja province, an area controlled by Yemen's Shiite rebels known as Houthis (HOO'-theez).

Yemen's war pits the Houthis and military units loyal to a former president against the internationally-recognized government, which is largely confined to the southern city of Aden.

The U.S.-backed, Saudi-led coalition of mostly Arab states intervened militarily in Yemen a year ago. It first launched airstrikes in support of the internationally recognized government, then sent in elite forces to roll back the rebel gains. A Saudi military spokesman says the coalition will continue to provide air support to Yemeni forces, but only "small" teams of coalition troops will remain on the ground to "equip, train, and advise."

The war has killed more than 6,200 civilians, displaced millions and pushed the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine.