Friday, June 03, 2011

Saleh Injured in Rocket Attack

Just a day after al Qaeda seized another city in Yemen the situation is falling off the cliff. Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is refusing to step down despite agreeing to earlier, was injured in a rocket attack in the capital Sa'ana.

It appears that tribesmen launched the rocket attack. There was heavy fighting in the capital yesterday between the government and the tribes.

The attack almost decapitated the government:

A volley of three rockets hit Saleh's presidential compound Friday as he and other officials were praying at a mosque inside, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Six presidential guards were killed, according to a medical official.

Seven top officials were wounded, including the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the parliament speaker and the governor of Sanaa, the official said. The most serious injuries were to Sanaa's governor Nooman Dweid, and Deputy Prime Minister Rashad al-Alimi, who is also the president's top security adviser and who remained unconscious from his wounds, the official said.

Yemen is now in a civil war.

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