34 Killed in Syria Car Bomb Blasts

At least 34 people were killed and 83 people were injured early Wednesday morning in a series of bomb blasts in Damascus, with Syrian state television blaming the attack on “terrorists.” “When people gathered to try to rescue those injured in the first explosion, another explosion took place,” said Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin, reporting from Damascus. Syrian state television said that most of the victims were killed after a "suicide attacker" blew up his car. The blasts occurred in a Damascus neighborhood that is mainly Druze and Christian—two groups who have not predominately joined the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad yet, although the rebels indicated the government may have orchestrated the attack to turn the minorities against each other. Meanwhile, government fighter jets reportedly bombarded rebel-held portions of the Damascus suburb of Daraya.