Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh
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Yemeni President Saleh hurt by 'shrapnel' in attack

4 June 2011 Last updated at 21:48 BST

Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has suffered shrapnel wounds and burns in Friday's attack on his Sanaa compound.

Sources have told the BBC that Mr Saleh had a piece of shrapnel below his heart and second-degree chest and face burns. This has not been officially confirmed.

Reports that he had left for Saudi Arabia have been denied. But unnamed Saudi officials suggest he plans to go there for medical treatment.

Mr Saleh has promised to leave power, but failed to sign a deal to do so.

Lina Sinjab reports.