Twin car bombs strike Damascus suburb; kill 20

Associated Press
FILE - In this Thursday, June 7, 2012 file photo, Free Syrian Army members raise their weapons during a training session on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria. A dark realization is spreading across north Syria that despite 20 months of violence and recent rebel gains, an end to the war to topple President Bashar Assad is nowhere in sight.  (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 7, 2012 file photo, Free Syrian Army members raise their weapons during a training session on the outskirts of Idlib, Syria. A dark realization is spreading across north Syria that despite 20 months of violence and recent rebel gains, an end to the war to topple President Bashar Assad is nowhere in sight. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state-run media say two car bombs have exploded in a Damascus suburb, inflicting several casualties.

The Britain-based Observatory for Human Rights says 20 people were killed in the blasts. The activist group relies on reports from the ground.

The SANA state news agency says the Wednesday morning explosions targeted Damascus' eastern Jaramana suburb, which is mostly populated by Christians and Druse.

Rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad are predominantly members of the Syria's Sunni Muslim majority. They have frequently targeted the country's minority communities, perceived to be allied with Assad's Alawite sect, an offshoot Shiite group that dominates the regime.

Damascus suburbs have become opposition strongholds since March last year, when the uprising began.

At least 40,000 people have been killed in the civil war, according to activists.