Yemen rebel attack on Saudi village wounds five

RIYADH (AFP) – A projectile fired by Yemen’s Huthi rebels hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan province, wounding five civilians, state media reported.

The civilians had been rushed to hospital after suffering “minor injuries” from flying shrapnel, the official Saudi Press Agency reported late on Saturday.

Three cars were also damaged in the border village, it said, without naming the village.

The Iran-backed Huthis have so far not claimed responsibility for the attack.

The rebels have stepped up missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent months, mainly targetting southern provinces along the long border between both countries, as well as Riyadh.

A coalition, which has been battling the Huthis for more than five years, said it has intercepted most of them.

The coalition intervened in support of the Yemeni government in 2015 after the Huthis seized Sanaa and closed in on the government’s temporary southern base of Aden.