Saudi child dies in Houthi shelling, 3 wounded

Houthi militia cross border shelling kills Saudi child, wounds three others

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Saudi Arabian security sources reported on Friday that a child was killed and three others were wounded in the al Tuwal governorate shelling by Iranian backed Houthi militias took place from across the Yemeni border.

Saudi Civil Defense Directorate Major Yahya Al Qahtani announced in a press briefing that the three injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The attacks on al Tuwal have risen the death count of Saudi civilians killed in Houthi shelling to 13 over the last three weeks.

Shiite Houthi forces have regularly shelled Saudi towns and cities along the Yemeni border in response to Saudi Arabia’s military action aiming to prevent their military campaign in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia leads an Arab coalition conducting air strikes on the group’s strongholds and battle fronts, aiding Yemeni armed forces and government loyal militias fight against the group.

Last week, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report regarding the “indiscriminate” nature of Houthi cross-border attacks.

“Pro-Houthi forces have launched apparently dozens of artillery rockets from northern Yemen indiscriminately into southern Saudi Arabia since May 5, 2015,” the report said regarding the attacks that killed 13 and wounded dozens more.

“Pro-Houthi forces should stop using unguided rockets against populated areas,” the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report continued in condemnation of the attacks. “Unguided rockets cannot target military objectives with any accuracy. When directed towards populated areas, they are indiscriminate, violating the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes.”

HRW Middle East and North Africa director, Sarah Leah Whitson was quoted in the report saying that “Pro-Houthi forces are killing and wounding Saudi civilians with artillery rockets that cannot be aimed at valid military targets.
“Houthi commanders need to stop their indiscriminate attacks or they can be liable for war crimes.”

TRTWorld and agencies