Yemen shelling kills one in southern Saudi

AFP , Tuesday 23 Aug 2016

Shelling from Yemen killed a resident of southern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the latest casualty of intensified fighting on the border.

The victim, a Yemeni resident of the kingdom, died in the attack on Najran at about 6:00 pm (1500 GMT), Civil Defence Colonel Ali al-Shahrani said.

Another person was wounded.

The victim was the ninth to die from shelling in Najran since August 16, when seven lost their lives in a single strike.

Cross-border barrages into Saudi Arabia have increased since a Saudi-led Arab coalition this month stepped up air strikes on insurgent targets inside Yemen, after the collapse of peace talks.

More than 100 civilians and soldiers have been killed in southern Saudi Arabia by retaliatory rocket strikes or skirmishes since the coalition began operations in support of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government after rebels overran much of Yemen.

The United Nations says that inside Yemen more than 6,000 people, roughly half of them civilians, have died since March 2015 when coalition operations started.

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