Attack on Yemen’s president adds fuel to a heated conflict

President Ali Abdallah Salih (center), of the ...

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June 04, 2011|By Iona Craig, Jeb Boone and Ned Parker | Los Angeles Times

President Saleh blames the bombardment on an ‘armed gang of outlaws’ and urges
the military to rid the nation of such foes. The attack killed four.

Five senior Yemeni officials were sent to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment after
a rocket attack wounded Yemen’s president in his personal mosque and appeared
to end hopes for a peaceful resolution to a tribal conflict that is pushing the
country toward civil war.

Sana has been convulsed by nearly two weeks of fighting between President Ali
Abdullah Saleh and the powerful Ahmar brothers, who head the president’s Hashid
tribal confederation. The troubles escalated Friday when Saleh’s forces shelled the
home of one of the Ahmar brothers, Hamid, who is a politician and wealthy businessman.

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