AMMAN, JORDAN, FEB. 5 -- The Iraqi Petroleum Ministry today announced that all sales of gasoline to the general public were being halted because of "technical damage to oil installations," the clearest indication yet of the effect allied bombings are having on the country's economic infrastructure.

Although gasoline, heating oil and natural gas had already been rationed because of the war, the end of public sale of those commodities, beginning Wednesday, is likely to seriously curtail commercial activity and restrict the civilian population's ability to flee bombing raids or travel during periods of calm.

The Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has been without electricity since the allied bombing raids began nearly three weeks ago. Baghdad residents also have had access to running water only during alternate three-day periods.

The British military commander in the Persian Gulf, Lt. Gen. Peter de la Billiere, said last week that allied forces had destroyed up to 80 percent of Iraq's oil refining capacity of around 500,000 barrels per day.

Iraqi radio broadcasts today charged that there have been 373 allied attacks on residential and commercial areas of the country.

Radio reports also said that allied bombardment of Baghdad was continuing, along with 35 other sites, including Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's ancestral village of Tikrit.

Travelers coming from Tikrit to Baghdad confirmed reports of heavy bombing there, the Associated Press reported.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz, meanwhile, said 108 civilians died and 249 were wounded in bombing runs on residential areas between Jan. 26 and last Sunday, raising the total number of civilians killed in the allied attacks to 428 and the number of injured to over 650, according to Iraqi figures.

Warning that Iraq still had the ability to retaliate against its enemies, Baghdad radio warned today, "Let George Bush and the other scoundrels taking part in this aggression learn that our reckoning with them will be harsh and our vengeance crushing."

It added, "We will punish them by severing the necks of the scoundrels whom they have amassed in Najd and Hejaz {Saudi Arabia} in order not to give an unjust aggressor an opportunity to return or flee."

The radio described Bush as the "butcher of this age" and a "war criminal." It also predicted a "bitter death" for Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.

In Iraq's first official explanation of its push into the Saudi border town of Khafji last week, the state-run newspaper Al Thawra said combat on the fringes of the Saudi desert is based on the "hit-and-run tactics laid down by our ancestors."

It said the strategy behind the advance into Khafji and the subsequent Iraqi retreat after 30 hours of fierce fighting was to inflict the heaviest number of casualties and prolong the war. More than 400 Iraqi prisoners of war were taken during the Khafji battle, and 30 of its soldiers were killed. Eleven U.S. Marines were killed during a clash west of the town, seven by "friendly fire" from U.S. forces.

Though Iraqi rhetoric in official statements and commentaries has repeatedly incited Iraq sympathizers to attack Western and American interests, coded commands on Baghdad radio this week to "strugglers in all revolutionary cells" implied specific instructions could be underway.