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Yemen president wounded in rocket strike

Friday, June 03, 2011

A government official says Yemen's president was lightly injured and four top officials wounded when opposition tribesmen struck his palace with rockets.

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.

He says Saleh, the prime minister, the deputy prime minister, the parliament chief and a presidential aide were wounded - Saleh lightly, while the deputy prime minister and aide's wounds were serious. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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