Friday, June 03, 2011

Yemen President Wounded in Rocket Strike .Article Comments more in Middle East

Associated Press

SAN'A, Yemen—A government official said Yemen's president was lightly injured and four top officials wounded when opposition tribesmen struck his palace with rockets.

It was the first time that tribesmen have targeted President Ali Abdullah Saleh's palace in nearly two weeks of heavy fighting with government troops in the capital.

The official said the rockets hit while officials were praying at a mosque inside the palace compound. Some wire reports said four officers of the elite Republican Guard were killed when two shells crashed into the mosque, but details about the attack weren't immediately confirmable.

He said the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the parliament chief and a presidential aide were also wounded. Mr. Saleh was lightly wounded, while the deputy prime minister and aide's wounds were serious.

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