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4-Jun-11 World View — Yemen's President Saleh Wounded


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Yemen’s president Saleh wounded in mortar attack

TV screen during Saleh's radio address (Al-Jazeera)
TV screen during Saleh’s radio address (Al-Jazeera)

As the civil war in Yemen spreads, forces of president Ali Abdullah Saleh are having armed clashes with tribal forces loyal to Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar. Around noon, mortar shells hit a mosque in the presidential palace compound where Saleh was praying. At least three guards and several other officials were wounded. Saleh was supposed to give a televised address after the incident, but it kept getting postponed, giving rise to speculation that he’d been killed. Finally, in the evening, he gave a radio address to prove that he was still alive. It’s assumed that al-Ahmar is responsible for the mortar attack, but his office is denying it. The attack came shortly after Saleh’s forces bombed al-Ahmar’s home. Al-Jazeera

Syria intensifies attacks on anti-Assad protesters

In probably the worst day of violence in Syria since the anti-government protests began 11 weeks ago, the security forces of president Bashir al-Assad fired live ammunition at tens of thousands of demonstrators who had gathered in Hama, killing 34 people and wounding dozens. Hama is the city where Bashar’s father, Hafez al-Assad, crushed an armed Islamist revolt by killing up to 30,000 people and razing parts of the city to the ground. Reuters

European officials announce hopes for new bailout for Greece

The headline on the story reads, “Greece likely to get aid tranche,” but when you read the actual story, you realize that this is far from true. After a meeting between Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, Juncker said that he expects the next tranche to be provided “under strict conditionality,” meaning that private sector investors will have to be included on a “voluntary” basis. It’s thought that this means that private holders of Greek debt would “volunteer” to some kind of debt rollover, in which the investors would purchase new Greek bonds when the existing ones mature. It’s hoped that this “voluntary” plan will not be a technical default, since that would trigger all sorts of problems. However, this solution is being hotly debated, and agreement among the member states is far from certain. Reuters

Boehner replaces Kucinich’s antiwar resolution

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has been scrambling to prevent passage of a resolution, sponsored by Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich, to force President Obama to withdraw all US forces from the “humanitarian” mission in Libya. Kucinich’s resolution had supporters in both parties. Boehner got it defeated by replacing it with his own non-binding resolution that merely requires the Obama administration to come back to Congress within 14 days with a strategy for the Libya mission. CS Monitor

Sunday’s Palestinian march to Lebanon-Israel border canceled

Palestinian activists had planned a march Lebanon’s refugees to the border with Israel on Sunday, to mark the anniversary of the 1967 six-day war. The march was canceled because Lebanese authorities declared the shared border a “closed military zone.” Instead, activisits plan strikes across all 12 of Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps. AP


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