- Title: IRAQ: BAGHDAD RESIDENTS QUEUE FOR PETROL WITH COUPONS AS NEW FORM OF RATIONING
- Date: 7th April 1991
- Summary: BAGHDAD, IRAQ (APRIL 7, 1991) CAR BEING PUSHED INTO PLACE IN QUEUE FOR PETROL PEOPLE FILLING UP PLASTIC CONTAINERS AND THEIR CARS WITH PETROL, MAN COUNTING MONEY, SOME CARRYING CONTAINERS AWAY, QUEUES OF CARS VIEWS OF INTERIOR OF BOOK FAIR, YOUNG GIRL CLUTCHING PACKAGE, STALLS SHOWING VARIOUS TITLES IN ENGLISH. WORKER SPEAKING AS NOTED (ENGLISH) ABOUT WHICH ARE THE MOST POPULAR BOOKS. PAINTING OF SADDAM ON WALL. MAN BUYING BOOK.
- Embargoed: 22nd April 1991 13:00
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: General,People
- Reuters ID: LVA5W9TP3L73HA90Y8JX1YNDBISV
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- Story Text: Residents in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, queued to buy petrol with coupons on Sunday (April 7), as a new system of rationing came into effect.
Numbered coupons were distributed earlier on Sunday which allow people to purchase up to 30 litres of fuel every 20 days.
Iraqis could also buy Western books and comics for the first time since the Gulf war on Sunday at a children's book fair in Baghdad. Most of the titles were in English, with Tintin adventures, romances, Disney comics and Ghostbusters the most popular, according to one of the sponsors.
The book fair was held in commemoration of the anniversary of the founding of Iraq's ruling Ba'ath Party.
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