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Earlier today, an Israeli military sniper opened fire at demonstrators in the village of Nabi Saleh, injuring one in the thigh. The protester was hit by 0.22" caliber munitions, which military regulations forbid using in the dispersal of demonstrations. Late in 2001, Judge Advocate General, Menachem Finkelstein, reclassified 0.22” munitions as live ammunition, and specifically forbade its use as a crowd control means. The reclassification was decided upon following numerous deaths of Palestinian demonstrators, mostly children. http://www.freeturbine.com/index.php/news/recent-politic/item/live-sniper-fire-injures-protester-in-nabi-salehEarlier today, an Israeli military sniper opened fire at demonstrators in the village... more
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Sources: Yemeni president Saleh has collapsed lung, burns over 40%
By the CNN Wire Staff
June 7, 2011 1:39 a.m. EDT
(CNN) -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh suffered burns on 40% of his body and has a collapsed lung, U.S. government officials briefed on the matter said, as the fate of the embattled leader -- and whether he will return to the conflict in Yemen -- remains uncertain.
Saleh was injured Friday from an attack at a mosque in his presidential compound and is seeking treatment in Saudi Arabia. An Arab diplomatic source with knowledge of Saleh's condition says one shrapnel wound is 7 centimeters (2.75 inches) deep.
According to Western diplomats, the attack came from a bomb. Yemeni investigations are "focusing on what happened inside the mosque," not a rocket or mortar attack, the diplomats said Monday. One diplomat said the bombing was not a suicide bombing and that the Yemeni investigation "is still ongoing."
But last week, a Yemeni official who asked not to be named told CNN that Saleh was in the mosque when two "projectiles" were fired during Friday prayers.
Clashes between government and tribal forces have raged for weeks in Yemen, where thousands of protesters have been pressuring Saleh to give up power since January.
The fighting erupted when Saleh balked at a deal with the opposition that would have eased him out of office in 30 days.
Yemen's largest opposition bloc has vowed to prevent Saleh from returning.
"The Yemeni people will do all in their power to not allow Saleh to re-enter the country," Joint Meeting Parties spokesman Mohammed Qahtan said Sunday.
One of the U.S. government officials said Monday he can't imagine the Saudis letting him go back. He said it is critical that the Saudis press Saleh to accept a Gulf Cooperation Council deal offering him immunity in exchange for stepping down.
CNN's Nic Robertson, Elise Labott, Mohammed Jamjoom, Pam Benson, Tim Lister and journalist Hakim Almasmari contributed to this report.Sources: Yemeni president Saleh has collapsed lung, burns over 40%
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A truce seems to be holding between rival groups in the Yemeni capital Sanaa following two weeks of fierce clashes as Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country's president, recovers in neighbouring Saudi Arabia from wounds that he sustained in an attack last week on his presidential palace.
Saleh's trip to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, has triggered speculations over his rule and Yemen's political future. There had been scenes of wild celebrations in Sanaa as Saleh's opponents viewed his departure as the fall of his regime.
But Abdu al-Janadi, Yemen's deputy information minister, insisted the president would return to assume his duties after his treatment.
"Saleh will come back. Saleh is in good health, and he may give up the authority one day but it has to be in a constitutional way," he said.
Not everyone, however, is convinced that Saleh would return in the face of escalating protests sweeping the country against his 33-year rule.
Joseph Kechichian, an expert in Middle East affairs, told Al Jazeera that it was very doubtful Saleh would return.
"If the injuries were not serious, I doubt very much that he'd have gone to Saudi Arabia. He'd not have left unless the injuries were really severe.
"On a scale of 1 to 100, that possibility is 3 [of his return to Yemen]. Saudis would be reluctant to let him leave."
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http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/06/20116644232347525.htmlA truce seems to be holding between rival groups in the Yemeni capital Sanaa following... more