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11 Wounded in Blast Near Dama Rose Hotel in Damascus
[An Nahar] An kaboom shook the area near the Dama Rose hotel in the heart of the Syrian capital on Sunday, wounding 11 civilians, state media reported.

"An kaboom caused by cut-throats went off near to the Dama Rose hotel and the union federation, which left a number of people maimed and causing damage to the area," Syrian TV said, using the regime's term for armed rebels.

State news agency SANA said the blast maimed 11 people, adding that the explosive "planted by terrorists" weighed about 50 kilos (30 pounds).

The Dama Rose hotel hosted U.N.-Arab League organization of Arabic-speaking states with 22 member countries and four observers. The League tries to achieve Arab consensus on issues, which usually leaves them doing nothing but a bit of grimacing and mustache cursing...
envoy Lakhdar Brahimi during his visits to Damascus
...The place where Pencilneck hangs his brass hat...
. The office of the Ombudsman, headed by diplomat Mokhtar Lamani, is also located there.

The Local Coordination Committees, a network of activists on the ground, also reported plumes of smoke rising near Ommayad Square after a "powerful kaboom" rocked the area close to the hotel.
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