Yemen’s defiant president addressed his troubled nation for the first time since returning to the country after an assassination attempt, making no promise to immediately step down but saying he is committed to a deal to end months of spiralling violence.
The departure of Yemen’s battle-wounded president for treatment in Saudi Arabia set off wild street celebrations in the capital, where crowds danced, sang and slaughtered cows in hopes that this spelled a victorious end to a more than three-month campaign to push their leader from power.
Embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh flew to Saudi Arabia for urgent medical care after a rocket attack on his palace, raising the spectre of a violent power grab in the impoverished country shaken by months of protests calling for his ousting.
Yemen’s embattled president accepted an offer from the Saudi monarch to seek treatment in his kingdom after being wounded in a rocket attack, raising the possibility today that he could leave the country after nearly four months of mass protests seeking to end his 33-year rule.
President Ali Abdullah Saleh was wounded when rebellious tribesmen struck his palace with rockets, targeting him for the first time in a dramatic escalation of fighting that has turned parts of the Yemeni capital into a battleground and pushed the country toward civil war.