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Subject: SITUATION REPORT  
Not Finally Evaluated Intelligence 
 
TO FACILITATE ELECTRONIC ACCESS, THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN 
REFORMATTED TO ELIMINATE INFORMATION THAT DOES NOT PERTAIN 
TO GULF WAR ILLNESS ISSUES OR THAT IS CLASSIFIED. A COPY OF 
THIS REDACTED DOCUMENT, IN ORIGINAL FORMAT, IS AVAILABLE ON 
REQUEST. 
 
HEADER 91 
FEB 91 
FM CIA 
 
CITE CIA 493156 
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 
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NOT FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE. 
 
 
COUNTRY: BAHRAIN 
SUBJ: SITUATION REPORT 
 
TEXT: 1. LIFE IS SLOWLY RETURNING TO NORMAL IN MANAMA 
DESPITE THE GULF WAR AND ITS CONSEQUENCE FOR THE GULF 
REGION.  THE STREETS AND SHOPPING AREAS HAVE BEEN ACTIVE 
LATELY, BUT FEW PEOPLE ARE BUYING. BUSINESSMEN ARE FEELING 
THE NEGATIVE EFFECT OF THE WAR ON THE ECONOMY AND ARE 
EXPERIENCING A DRASTIC DECLINE IN BUSINESS.  SOME 
CONSTRUCTION SITES ARE OPERATING AGAIN, AND ALMOST ALL SHOPS 
AND RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN, BUT THERE IS LITTLE CONSUMER 
CONFIDENCE. 
 
2. THE OIL SLICK IN THE GULF CONTINUES TO BE A MAJOR ITEM 
FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF BAHRAIN.  TO COUNTER THE POTENTIAL 
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS THAT COULD BE CAUSED BY THE 
OIL SLICK,  ENVIRONMENTALISTS FROM THE GULF STATES ARE 
EXPECTED TO MEET IN BAHRAIN ON 3 FEBRUARY TO DETERMINE THE 
EXTENT OF OIL POLLUTION IN THE GULF.  THE BAHRAIN GOVERNMENT 
IS EXPECTED TO PUT IN MOTION SEVERAL PLANS TO PROTECT ITS 
DESALINATION PLANTS AND WILD LIFE.  BAHRAIN IS IN THE 
PROCESS OF PLACING SKIMMERS AND FIXING RUBBER OIL BOOMS AT 
WATER INTAKE AREAS IN THE SEA AROUND THE PLANTS. PLANS ARE 
ALSO UNDERWAY TO SET UP FLOATING PUMPS TO PUSH THE OIL FROM 
THE SEA SURFACE INTO STORAGE TANKS.  IF BAHRAIN FAILS TO 
STOP THE IMPENDING OIL SLICK FROM REACHING BAHRAINI WATERS, 
IT WILL BE FORCED TO IMPLEMENT WATER RATIONING ON THE 
ISLAND. 
 
3. ALL PERSONNEL ARE WELL AND ACCOUNTED FOR.

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