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Leader of Palestinian group injured in Syria bomb

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ALBERT AJI | February 21, 2013 08:45 AM EST | AP

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DAMASCUS, Syria — Palestinian officials say the leader of a Palestinian group based in Damascus is among those injured by a car bomb that killed more than 30 people in the Syrian capital.

Nayef Hawatmeh, who is head of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, suffered light wounds in his hands and face when he was hit by flying glass. His office is about 500 meters (yards) from the site of Thursday's explosion in central Damascus, which killed at least 31 people and injured more than 200 others.

An official in Hawatmeh's office, Rashid Qweider, told The Associated Press that Hawatmeh was briefly hospitalized following the explosion.

Hawatmeh, a Greek Catholic, formed the Marxist DFLP in 1969, one of the major factions within the Palestine Liberation Organization.