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Yemen’s President Is ‘Lightly’ Injured In Shelling of Palace

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June 3, 2011 | 9:04 am

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh

Yemen’s embattled leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was lightly injured Friday in an attack by opposition figures on the presidential palace, his spokesman said.

The spokesman, Abdel al-Jandi, said that Mr. Saleh was in a mosque located within the palace compound when it was shaken by explosions as Friday prayers were beginning just after noon. He did not elaborate on Mr. Saleh’s injuries. Another government spokesperson, Mohammed al-Basha, said via Twitter that senior government officials were injured in the attack.

The type of munitions used in the attack could not be immediately determined. Witnesses said either rockets or artillery fire hit the palace in what appeared to be a targeted strike.

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