On Friday afternoon, Yemeni rebels staged a rocket attack on a mosque in the presidential palace in the capital, Sanaa. Several high officials, including President Ali Abdullah Saleh, were wounded in the attack.
Since then there have been conflicting reports about the severity of the president’s head injury. Some officials said the wound was superficial, and that Mr. Saleh is fine. Others said he was badly hurt, and had been flown to Saudi Arabia for treatment. Further reports contradicted that assertion, and said that he remains in Yemen.
The latest reports today indicate that the vice president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, took over the president’s duties due to the latter’s incapacitation. A source in Saudi Arabia says that Mr. Saleh is being treated in a hospital in Riyadh.
In other news, Muslim hardliners staged a demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo, demanding a fully Islamic government for Egypt and insisting that sharia rules must be applied even to foreign tourists who visit Egypt.
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