Middle East

DFLP head Nayef Hawatmeh wounded in Syria blast

A picture taken on on February 22, 2008 shows Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) chief Nayef Hawatmeh addressing supporters on the 39th anniversary of the of the group at the Yarmuk refugee camp outside Damascus. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA

BEIRUT: Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) chief Nayef Hawatmeh was lightly wounded Thursday in a blast in the Syrian capital, a spokesman from the party in Damascus said.

He said Hawatmeh, the secretary-general of the Palestinian group, was at his office on Baghdad Street when the blast in Mazraa district went off.

The force of the explosion blew out all the windows in the DFLP building, resulting in Hawatmeh’s injuries, he said, adding that Hawatmeh was taken briefly to hospital for treatment.

The official said no other members of the DFLP, which is part of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, were wounded in the blast, which claimed the lives of dozens.

The official said he did not believe the DFLP building was the target of the attack.

He described the blast as an act of terror.

“This is terror. This is the work of terrorists,” he said.





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