The Saudi military says a soldier has been killed along the border in an exchange of fire with Yemen's Shiite rebels.

A statement released late Saturday says the soldier was killed in the Saudi border region of Jizan by rebel fire from inside Yemen. The statement does not say whether any rebels were killed or wounded in the exchange.

Saudi Arabia since March has been leading a U.S.-backed coalition of mainly Arab countries in airstrikes against the Iran-supported Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, and allied units of Yemen's fractured military.

Several dozen Saudi soldiers have been killed in border attacks since the airstrikes began, mostly by missiles launched by the rebels and their allies. Two Saudi pilots were killed Friday when their helicopter was shot down in Jizan.