Rush to buy military gear after cleric's call to arms

Men buy military kit from a stall in Basra, Iraq.
Men buy military kit from a market stall in Basra, Iraq. Credit: Reuters

Traders selling military uniforms and supplies in Iraq's southern city of Basra are doing brisk business, triggered by a call by Iraq's most senior Shi'ite cleric urging his followers to take up arms to defend themselves against Sunni militants.

Traders have reported a surge in sales.
Traders have reported a surge in sales. Credit: Reuters

The city's main market has seen a large crowd of people, both young and old, who have volunteered to join the Iraqi army in its fight to stop the onslaught.

Read: Senior Shi'ite cleric urges Iraqis to take up arms

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