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Yemen president injured as civil war looms EU to evacuate citizens

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Yemen president injured as civil war looms EU to evacuate citizens

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Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been injured after the presidential palace came under attack.

The president was in the palace mosque for Friday prayers when the compound was rocked by shells.

Three of Saleh’s bodyguards were killed, the speaker of the parliament was seriously injured and the prime minister was also hurt.

Government Information Minister Abdu al-Janadi said the president is in good health and will recover before appearing in public.

In an audio address after the attack, Saleh blamed Hashed tribesmen, led by Sadeq al-Ahmar, whose family back the protesters trying to rid the country of Saleh, who has ruled in Yemen for close to 33 years.

Yemen appears to be moving toward civil war. More than 370 people have been killed since popular uprisings broke out in January, at least 155 in the last ten days.

The EU says the situation is deteriorating and will coordinate efforts to evacuate its citizens from the country.