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Saleh’s palace hit by shells

Friday, June 03, 2011 - 01:42

June 3 - Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s palace in Sanaa has been hit by shells, but a spokesman says Saleh is “well”. Nick Rowlands reports

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Smoke rises from around Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh's palace in Sanaa on Friday after it was shelled. Three senior officials were wounded and four guards killed, but a spokesman said Saleh was "well". Earlier in the day, security forces fired warning shots at protesters gathering for Friday prayers. Opposition supporters paraded the bodies of 50 people through the streets who they claim were killed during the week in clashes with loyalist troops. Street battles in the capital have killed at least 155 people in the last 10 days, with around 370 deaths since the start of the uprising. Fighting has also spread to the southern part of the city, an area controlled by Saleh's forces, and there are reports that at least 50 people have been killed in the city of Taiz since Sunday. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MAN: "Despite all the explosions that we hear in Sana'a, we are delivering a message to the world. We tell them that we are here on the Friday of Loyalty for Taiz. We are millions and millions of people. And our revolution is peaceful." With demonstrations and clashes across the country, fears are growing that Yemen could become a failed state that poses a risk to global oil supplies and security. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.

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Saleh’s palace hit by shells

Friday, June 03, 2011 - 01:42