Residents inspect a wrecked vehicle due to what activists claimed was a car explosion in a market in central Douma in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus June 28, 2014. (REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh)
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A car bomb exploded in a busy market in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding dozens as Muslims went shopping a day before the start of their holy month of Ramadan, activists said.Both Russia and Assad's government have portrayed the civil war in Syria as a struggle against foreign-backed "terrorists," the word Damascus applies to all rebels fighting to end the Assad family's four-decade reign.The market blast in Damascus killed at least two people and wounded others who were rushed to nearby makeshift hospitals, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and amateur videos released by activists in the area. Douma, one of the most populous suburbs of Damascus, has been under rebel control for more than two years.Thousands of foreign fighters, including hundreds from the former Soviet Union, are fighting against Assad's forces in different parts of Syria, mainly on behalf of ISIS, which has carved out a sprawling enclave astride the Syrian-Iraqi border.
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