Yemeni President Says He’s Okay After Attacks

Posted on June 3, 2011

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PASHA BELYAYEV

The Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, finally spoke to the public after a strike on the presidential palace in the Yemen capital of Sanaa. The strike killed seven officers and injured Saleh, however he told the public that he is “well and in good health.”

These attacks were reportedly carried out by an “outlaw gang” called the Hashed tribe, led by Sadiq al-Ahmar.

The nation has recently begun protesting Saleh’s 33 year rule of Yemen, but the Yemeni government is not backing down. Instead they are fighting back against protestors by shelling the home of Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar, who is the leader of the largest opposition party in Yemen.

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The Yemeni government has also used force on protestors near a university campus? as well as using machine gun fire and artillery in a neighborhood where the brother of Sheikh Hamid al-Ahmar, Sheikh Sadiq, has his base.

The White House has spoken out about the fighting, telling Yemen to resolve its conflicts through negotiations. Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism advisor, John Brenna, recently traveled to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in order to work on resolving the conflicts in Yemen.

The state department’s deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, has also called on Yemen to resolve the conflicts. He called for a ceasefire and asked Saleh for a peaceful transfer of power in order to satisfy the demands of the Yemeni people.

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