June 4, 2011 by staff
Thousands Yemen, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was injured when members of a tribe decided to oust opposition hammered at his palace with rockets on Friday in a major escalation of almost two weeks of fighting with government forces. Seven guards were killed and eight senior members of the Saleh regime wounded. The attack was a stunning success in the leadership of Saleh, hitting a mosque in the palace complex where the president and senior officials were praying. Saleh was taken to a hospital of the Ministry of Defense, and the extent of their injuries was unclear. After the attack, officials repeatedly promised Saleh think the public soon, but eight hours later, the television aired the government only an audio message from the president, who speaks over an old photo of him yet.
“If it is, I’m fine,” Saleh said in the brief message, speaking to the Yemenis. He spoke with a faltering voice, breathing, sometimes heavy. He blamed the rocket attack “this gang of armed bandits”, referring to tribal fighters, and called on “all the children of the military throughout the country to deal with” them. ”
One official said that Saleh had minor neck injuries. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Deputy Information Minister Abdu al-Janadi only spoke of “scratches on his face.”
“There is nothing that affect the health of the president,” said al-Janadi.
It was the first time that tribal fighters have gone directly to the palace of Saleh in the struggle that has rocked the capital since 23 May. The violence comes nearly four months of protests have failed to overthrow Yemen’s leader of 33 years.
The White House condemned the violence and called on all parties to stop fighting.
“Violence can not solve the problems facing Yemen, and the events of today can not be a justification for a new round of fighting,” said a statement from the White House.
On Friday, a barrage of at least three rockets landed around Saleh’s presidential compound. One hit a mosque compound where Saleh and senior officials were praying, a presidential statement read on government television. In his audio message, Saleh said seven of his bodyguards were killed, including the head of his personal guard eventually. The blast injured many of the leading advisors Saleh.
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