BEIRUT — Syrian state-media say a car bomb has exploded in Damascus, causing a number of casualties.
The blast on the southern edge of the city comes despite a holiday truce which went into effect this morning.
The ceasefire to mark a four-day Muslim holiday and proposed by the UN-Arab League envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has been marred by scattered violence and fighting in several towns and cities across the country.
State-owned SANA news agency reported the car bomb in the Daff el-Shouq area of Damascus caused significant material damage and a number of casualties.
Car bombs targeting Syrian security forces in the capital have become common in Syria amid the raging civil war.
Preliminary reports have determined that 5 people were killed as a result of the blast and 32 others were wounded.