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Iraqis store food and fuel ahead of protests

Christian Fernsby |
Iraqis across the country spent their week shopping, stocking up on essential food, medical supplies and fuel, fearing the repercussions of the protests.

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Topics: IRAQ    PROTESTS   

The markets and shops have been crowded with shoppers, which caused an almost complete drain of goods in most markets, amid the increase of the prices of some products due to the traders’ exploitation of this situation to earn more profits.

According to Abu Majid, a food trader in the Shorjah area (Baghdad’s largest commercial area), his warehouses “seemed almost empty because of the high purchase demand by shop owners and citizens”.

The Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew while cutting off the Internet and closing Baghdad’s outlets and cities’ centres that have witnessed protests for several days earlier this month, making people fear a similar scenario and prepare for it.

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