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Syria imposes new fuel rations as sanctions bite

Damascus on Monday (April 15th) imposed new limits on subsidised petrol for cars and motorbikes in regime-held areas of Syria, in the latest bid to curb a fuel crisis that has hit the country, AFP reported.

Owners of private cars would now be allowed just 20 litres of fuel every five days, said the ministry of petroleum and mineral resources.

At petrol stations in the capital, queues hundreds of metres long have stretched along streets in the past few weeks, with drivers waiting for hours to get their fill.

The measures announced on Monday allow taxi drivers to fill up 20 litres every two days.

Motorbikes would be permitted three litres every five days, the ministry said, in what it described as a "temporary measure to fairly distribute petrol".

The measures are the latest in a series of restrictions on the daily consumption of subsidised petrol.

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