Yemen president wounded in rocket strike

June 3, 2011 - 9:13 AM
APTOPIX Mideast Yemen

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. Thousands of tribesmen threatened Thursday to descend on Yemen's capital to join the battle against forces loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh as the country slid deeper into an all-out fight for power. Government forces in Sanaa unleashed some of the heaviest shelling yet against their tribal rivals in a dramatic escalation of the conflict. (AP Photo/Mohammed Hamoud)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — 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.