Three dead in south of Saudi Arabia from missile attack: state media

RIYADH (Reuters) - Three civilians were killed in the south of Saudi Arabia from a missile launched from Yemen by the Houthi movement, said Saudi state-owned Al Ekhbariya TV on Saturday night.

The Houthis, an Iran-allied group that controls much of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa, have fired a series of missiles into the kingdom in recent months, part of a three-year-old conflict in Yemen widely seen as a proxy battle between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A U.S.-backed, Saudi-led military coalition is fighting against the Houthis on behalf of the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour al-Hadi, who lives in exile in Riyadh.

The three civilians were killed in Saudi’s Jizan province in southern Saudi Arabia. The coalition said it would retaliate against anyone who threatens the safety of its citizens and residents.

Last month, the group fired a salvo of missiles at the capital Riyadh, saying it was targeting economic targets.

Reporting by Sarah Dadouch and Marwa Rashad, editing by Louise Heavens