Saleh Reportedly Has Burns Over 40% of His Body

The Yemeni president's injuries could prevent him from returning home

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Yemeni officials may claim that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will return home shortly from Saudi Arabia, but The Guardian has reason to believe otherwise. Friday's palace attack, the paper learns from unnamed diplomatic sources, has left the embattled leader with burns to 40 percent of his body. Saleh is reportedly in stable condition after surgery for shrapnel wounds to his face, neck and chest, the paper adds, but Al-Jazeera Arabic, quoting Saudi medical sources, is reporting that he'll need cosmetic surgery and two weeks to recuperate before returning to Yemen. With Yemen's opposition coalition and even U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for an immediate political transition today, it appears Saleh doesn't have two weeks to spare.

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