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Yemen President Hurt in Rocket Strike

Meanwhile, government shelling increases
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 3, 2011 8:24 AM CDT
Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh Injured in Rocket Strike
Fire and smokes erupt during clashes between tribesmen loyal to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe, and Yemeni security forces in Sanaa, Yemen, late Thursday, June 2, 2011.   (Mohammed Hamoud)

(Newser) – Yemen's president was lightly injured and four top officials wounded when opposition tribesmen struck his palace with rockets, according to a government official. 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 says the rockets hit while officials were praying at a mosque inside the palace compound.

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Though Saleh suffered only light injuries, his deputy prime minister and one of his aides were seriously wounded. The prime minister and chief of parliament were also wounded. The attack came as tens of thousands of Yemenis held a mass funeral for 50 people killed in regime-sponsored violence in the capital. Heavy shelling expanded into new sections of the city, with the home of the brother of a tribal leader whose forces have been confronting Saleh's as one apparent target. In the south, an activist reports security forces opened fire on protesters in the city of Taiz. (Read more Ali Abdullah Saleh stories.)

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