Friday, June 3, 2011

Yemen attack presidential palace, according to several wounded, including the president

The president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was wounded, four of his guards were killed and the Speaker of Parliament was in critical condition after the presidential palace was attacked on Friday, the television channel Al Arabiya. "The prime minister and parliament speaker and several more political figures who attended Friday prayers at the mosque of the presidential palace, were wounded by fire from mortars," said spokesman General People's Congress (GPC) Tarek Shami.

Some versions of the official television of the opposition to the regime, released by Reuters, indicated that the president would have died from the explosions, however, has not been confirmed. The Prime Minister was also injured in the attacks while increasing street clashes in the capital.

The presidential palace was hit by gunfire on Friday during clashes between the forces of Saleh and a powerful tribal federation.

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