Yemen cross-border shelling kills Saudi child

A foreign female journalist films damage at a market for vehicles on August 27, 2016 in the Saudi border city of Najran, a week after it was struck by a rocket fired from Yemen (File Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP)

A rocket fired from Yemen killed a three-year-old boy Saturday in the Saudi border region of Najran, a civil defense official said, in the latest cross-border attack by Iran-backed Yemeni rebels.

Major Ali al-Shahrani, civil defense spokesman in southwest Saudi Arabia, told reporters a nine-year-old brother of the boy was also wounded when a Katyusha rocket hit their family’s home.

The attack came a day after rockets fired from Yemen struck a power station in Najran, marking a rare hit on Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure after months of periodic bombardment of the area.

Attacks have intensified since the suspension in early August of UN-brokered peace talks between the Shiite Huthi militia and their allies, and Yemen’s internationally-recognized government which has the military support of a Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Ten people have been killed in Najran since Aug. 16, when a single strike claimed seven lives.

(Edited by Al Arabiya English)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52