Yemen’s injured President Ali Abdullah Saleh has reportedly arrived in Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi source, who did not want to be identified, said a plane carrying Saleh landed late on Saturday night and he is there for medical treatment for shrapnel injuries sustained when his palace was attacked on Friday.
Earlier reports that he had gone to Saudia Arabia had been denied and there has still been no official confirmation from the government in Yemen.
Initially it was reported that the attack by tribal rebels on the palace in the capital Sanaa had only resulted in Saleh being slightly hurt. It now appears that the injuries were more serious than first described. Seven police oficers were killed in the attack.
There’s been no let up in the clashes over the weekend. Saturday saw serious disturbances on the streets of the capital.
Saleh is refusing to step down despite the violence and the growing international pressure from the West as well as Gulf Arab states.
A Saudi official said a new truce had been brokered late on Saturday .
Leaving Yemen, even for medical treatment, may now make it harder for Saleh to return. Saleh’s family have reportedly travelled with him.