Child wounded by Houthi rocket attack targeting Saudi Arabia’s Jizan

Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Tuesday fired a rocket at Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan province, leaving a five-year-old child wounded, authorities said.

The child was taken to a local hospital after the Katyusha rocket struck, civil defense officials said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The Iran-backed rebels have ramped up missile attacks against neighboring Saudi Arabia in recent months.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other allies intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to restore the internationally recognized government to power after the Houthis rebels ousted it from swathes of the country, including the capital Sanaa.

The latest strike comes after Yemeni pro-government forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates paused their push into the strategic Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, pending the Houthi militias’ promised withdrawal.


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