Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stressed the need for taking measures to ensure the security of pilgrims during the ceremonies marking Arbaeen.
He made the remark in a meeting with Aqil al-Turaihi, the governor general of Karbala and a number of other officials from the province, the Shafaqnews website reported.
In this meeting, security measures and preparations made to serve the Arabeen pilgrims was discussed.
Arbaeen comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).
Each year, a huge crowd of Shia pilgrims flock to the Iraqi holy city of Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located, to perform mourning rites.
Many pilgrims walk all the way from cities like Baghdad and Najaf to Karbala on Arbaeen.
Last year, around 20 million pilgrims from all over the world gathered in Karbala to attend the mourning ceremonies marking Arbaeen.
Providing security for Arbaeen pilgrims is more important this year given threats from Takfiri terrorist groups like ISIL.