Yemeni sources have told the Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper that the brother of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the commander of the Republican Guard is one of the main suspects in standing behind Friday’s attack at the presidential palace.
The sources said that Ali Saleh was injured by shrapnel in the chest, one of his eyes and his knee.
The Saudi medical team, who rushed to treat the Yemeni leader could not move him via plane to Riyadh and was forced to operate him. Ali Saleh, however, was adamant not to leave Yemen, despite his bad health condition. He agreed to travel to Saudi Arabia following intense pressure intense.
The sources said that among the dead was the son of the Yemeni President, Ali Ahmed Saleh, who was in command of the Republican Guard before his uncle. This means the end of the “inheritance dream” by President Saleh who was thought to be grooming his son to lead Yemen after his departure.
The sources conveyed that the brother of President Ali Abdullah Saleh decided to revenge after Saleh killed his son in the past and dismissed him from the army, before being allowed to go out to America where he became a businessman. Later, President Ali Saleh invited him to return to Yemen, and handed him a month ago, the leadership of the Republican Guard, but it seems that his main concern was to avenge the death of his son.
Also killed in the attack the interior minister, the presidential adviser for national security, the intelligence chief, the commander of special units guarding the presidential palace and a number of other political and security officials.