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Yemeni Protesters Celebrate after Saleh's Departure

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TEHRAN, June 5 (ICANA) – Protesters in Yemen are celebrating what they described as the fall of the Yemeni government after President Ali Abdullah Saleh left the country for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.
Sunday, June 05, 2011 7:04:03 PM
Yemeni Protesters Celebrate after Saleh's Departure

Saleh, who was wounded in an attack on his compound, flew yesterday to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment and Vice President Abduraboo Mansur Hadi has taken over Saleh's duties.

The Saudi royal court said on Sunday that Saleh arrived in Saudi Arabia along with other top Yemeni officials to be treated for wounds they suffered in Friday's rocket attack on the presidential palace, Reuters reported.

Saleh sustained neck and chest injuries in the attack in the capital, Sana'a. However, shortly after the attack, Yemen's state media said Saleh suffered minor injuries and aired an audio message from him saying he was in good condition.

Several Yemeni high-ranking officials, including Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar and Parliament Speaker Yahya al-Raiee, were wounded in the shelling, which also left at least seven presidential guards dead.

The Yemeni youth celebrate what they call the fall of the regime after Yemen's embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh left for Saudi Arabia to receive medical treatment for his injuries.

In Yemen's second-largest city Taiz, a flashpoint of anti-government demonstrations south of the capital Sanaa, hundreds also celebrated, chanting: "Freedom, freedom, Ali has fled".

Hundreds of thousands of people have turned out for near daily demonstrations in Yemen's major cities since late January, calling for an end to corruption and unemployment and demanding the ouster of Saleh, who has been in office since 1978.

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