SHAFAQNA – Pilgrims from the southern Iraqi city of Basra have began their march yesterday towards the holy city of Karbala coming from Ras Elbesha district in Fao county; the furthest region in Iraq.
Media sources said the pilgrims are served by Husseini caravans distributed along the roads leading the holy city, adding that security forces are on tight security plan to secure the flow of pilgrims and prevent security violations.
Every year a large number of pilgrims pour into the holy city of Karbala on the day of Arbaeen.
In the past two years, the number was estimated to be more than 20 million.
Arbaeen marks the anniversary of the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein and his companions in the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 after Hijra (680 AD)