Officials: Saudi king mediates a Yemeni cease-fire

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni ruling party officials and rebel tribesmen say Saudi King Abdullah has mediated a one-week cease-fire between the warring forces of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the anti-government opposition.

The Saudi monarch intervened in an attempt to contain a raging military conflict that has swept the capital over the past week. Abdullah stepped in shortly after Saleh's presidential palace compound was hit by a rebel rocket attack on Friday. Saleh was slightly injured, and 11 security guards were killed. Five other top officials were sent to Saudi Arabia for treatment.