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Saudi citizen at mosque killed in cross-border shelling from Yemen

The shelling occurred after Friday prayers as people were leaving a mosque in the southwestern Saudi border area of Jizan

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A Saudi citizen was killed and another injured near the Yemen border on Friday by shelling from forces loyal to deposed Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh and Houthi militias, Saudi civil defense forces said.

The shelling occurred after Friday prayers as people were leaving a mosque in the southwestern Saudi border area of Jizan and parts of the mosque were damaged, a statement on the official Saudi news agency SPA said

An alliance of Gulf Arab nations has been bombing Houthi militia and army units loyal to former president Saleh that control much of Yemen since March 26 in what they say is an attempt to restore exiled President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi.

Saudi forces and the Houthis have been trading fire across the border since the Arab alliance began its military operations.

On Saturday, the Houthis and their allies fired a Scud missile at Saudi Arabia that the kingdom said it shot down.