Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels attacked the Saudi Arabian city of Najran with mortar rounds on Tuesday, and three people were reported dead.
Saudi Arabian Airlines canceled flights from the border city and schools were closed, according to state media. Images published on al-Riyadh newspaper’s website showed a building that had been hit by a mortar. Three people were killed, Kuwait’s official news agency KUNA reported.
The attacks on the border city won’t “pass without a response,” Ahmed Asseri, a military officer and spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Yemen rebels, was cited as saying by Ekhbariya television.
It’s the first time that the Houthi have attacked a Saudi urban center since the start of the Saudi-led coalition’s campaign of airstrikes against the rebels six weeks ago. The Houthis have killed Saudi military personnel in attacks on posts along the mountainous border area between the two countries, including three soldiers in a raid last week.
The United Nations says more than 300,000 people have been displaced by the escalating violence in Yemen. Humanitarian groups are warning of shortages of fuel, water, food and medical supplies.