04 Jun '11, 8am

Yemen on edge of civil war after injured president - AsiaOne

Yemen on edge of civil war after injured president - AsiaOne

Army soldiers stand guard in a truck as anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh SANAA - YEMEN teetered on the brink of a civil war on Saturday as embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to hit back after being wounded when shells fired by dissident tribesmen slammed into his compound. Saleh, who has faced nationwide protests against his rule for the past four months, was "lightly wounded in the back of his head," a leader of the ruling General People's Congress (GPC) party told AFP. His regime blamed the attack on powerful dissident tribesman Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar, whose fighters have been battling government forces in the Yemeni capital since a truce crumbled on Tuesday. "The Ahmar (tribe) have crossed all red lines," GPC spokesman Tariq al-Shami said. In an audio statement broadcast late Fr...

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