Cuban President &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/368/12072_Castro.html ' target=_blank>Fidel Castro injured one of his knees and possibly an arm yesterday when he fell as he returned to his seat after making a speech at a graduation ceremony in central &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/369/13868_Cuba.html ' target=_blank>Cuba.
The 78-year-old leader was picked up by bodyguards and helped into a chair at the graduation ceremony for art instructors in Santa Clara.
Castro asked for a microphone and told the crowd of about 30,000, some of whom broke into tears when he fell, that there was no cause for alarm, New Zealand Herald informed.
"We heard that Castro fell," US state department spokesperson Richard Boucher said, professing ignorance as to which bones he may have damaged. "You'd have to check with the Cubans to find out what's broken about Mr Castro.
"We, obviously, have expressed our views about what's broken in Cuba," he told reporters, reiterating Washington's litany of complaints about Castro and his communist government which have been the target of a US trade embargo for more than 40 years.