Iraqi governorate ready to cooperate with Iran to serve Arbaeen pilgrims

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SHAFAQNA – The director general of the health department in Iraq’s Wasit governorate expressed readiness for cooperation with Iran’s Health Ministry to serve Arbaeen pilgrims.

Jabbar Yaseri said an agreement has been reached with the Iranian side to set up field hospitals in the governorate to provide health and medical services to the pilgrims, al-Ghad website reported.

He added that the hospitals will be active in the areas where Arbaeen pilgrims march toward Karbala.

Arbaeen, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (AS).

Each year, a huge crowd of Shias flock to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located, to perform mourning rites. Many of them also visit Imam Ali’s (AS) holy shrine in Najaf.

In the past few years, around 20 million pilgrims from all over the world, including Iran, took part in the mourning ceremonies in the Iraqi holy cities marking Arbaeen.

This year, Arbaeen falls on Thursday, November 9.

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