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Sun Jun 26 06:31:54 SAST 2016

Yemen rocket kills child in Saudi Arabia: state media

AFP | 01 February, 2016 07:53
Workers inspect the damage at a tea factory after it was hit by Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen's capital Sanaa January 30, 2016.
Image by: MOHAMED AL-SAYAGHI / REUTERS

An 11-year-old child was killed and nine members of his family were wounded Sunday when a rocket fired from Yemen hit their house in a border region of Saudi Arabia, civil defence authorities said.

The child died instantly while the rest of the family were taken to hospital, according to Lieutenant Colonel Ali bin Omair al-Shahrani, who was quoted by the official SPA news agency.

Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen have intensified cross-border rocket attacks since late last year.

Around 90 civilians and soldiers have died from shelling and skirmishes in Saudi border regions since March when a Saudi-led military coalition began air and ground action in Yemen.

The coalition is backing the Yemen government in a bid to push back Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels who had taken over the capital Sanaa.

In Yemen, more than 5,800 people have been killed since March, about half of them civilians, and 27,000 wounded, according to the United Nations.

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