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A car that was hit by shrapnel after a military projectile was launched into Saudi Arabia by Al Houthis. Image Credit: WAM

Abu Dhabi: Three civilians — a man and two children — were injured when a military projectile launched by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jazan region local media reported on Sunday.

A civil defence spokesman said a car was damaged in the border village and the three civilians suffered shrapnel injuries.

“The injured were taken to the hospital for treatment, including one critical and two stable, and the shrapnel also caused damage to a civilian vehicle that was at the site,” Lieutenant Colonel Mohamed bin Hassan Al Samghan, deputy spokesman for the Civil Defense Directorate in Jazan Region, said.

There was no confirmation of the attack by the Houthi group, which has been battling a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen for more than five years. The group has fired missiles and drones towards Saudi cities, most of which have been intercepted.

The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed government from power in the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014.