28 June-2014, Agencies: A car bomb has exploded in a busy market in a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least two people as Muslims went shopping a day before the start of their holy month of Ramadan, activists said.
The market blast on Saturday in the town of Douma 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.
The activists said the market was crowded as many people went shopping a day before Ramadan, when observant Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and feast in the evenings.
The Observatory said the explosion caused extensive damage.
The Observatory and an activist in the nearby suburb of Saqba who goes by the name of Abu Yazan said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is believed to be behind the blast, because of a rivalry with other rebel groups in the area.
The ISIL has been fighting against rival rebel factions, including al-Qaeda’s official affiliate, the Nusra Front, since January in battles that have left more than 6,000 people dead, according to the Observatory.
“Hospitals are full of wounded people,” Abu Yazan said via Skype.
Amateur videos posted by activists online showed the bloodied and burnt bodies of two dead boys on the floor of what appeared to be a makeshift hospital. Others, including children, were receiving treatment amid shrill cries of pain. Several other wounded people lay sprawled out on bloodstained white tiles.
Other footage uploaded to the internet showed the flaming wreckage of an overturned vehicle in front of the blackened pillars of a nearby building
Douma, one of the most populous suburbs of Damascus, has been under rebel control for more than two years.
The observatory says that more than 160,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011, although that figure cannot be independently verified. The UN stopped counting at 100,000.
The number of refugees are also expected to hit 4.1 million at the end of 2014.