Smoke rises following airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led alliance in Yemen on 06 January 2016. Picture: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB
Smoke rises following airstrikes allegedly carried out by the Saudi-led alliance in Yemen on Wednesday. Picture: EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

THREE civilians including a child have been killed by shelling from Yemen in a border region of Saudi Arabia, official media said on Friday.

Several shells from Yemeni territory landed in the Jazan region on Thursday evening, the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the civil defence agency.

"This led to the deaths of three people, including a child, and (the) injury of nine others who were taken to hospital," the agency’s spokesman Yahya Abdullah al-Qahtani said.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have intensified cross-border rocket attacks since late last year. They have also fired ballistic missiles.

Around 90 civilians and soldiers have died from shelling and skirmishes in Saudi border regions since March, when a Saudi-led military coalition began air and ground action in Yemen.

They are supporting local forces against the rebels and their allies, who seized territory from the internationally recognised government.

In Yemen, more than 5,800 people have been killed since March, about half of them civilians, according to the United Nations.

AFP