SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society has said Society assisted more than 35,000 pilgrims walking from Najaf to Karbala commemorating Arbaeen.
Pir Hossein Kolivand, who was speaking about the Society’s activities ahead of great Shia congregation in Arbaeen (40th day of Imam Hossein (as) martyrdom), told reporters that 25 ambulances helped in the process; “the Red Crescent medics have assisted in the process, transferring 112 people to hospitals for further medical operations; the Society’s personnel also provided outpatient and medical services for 11,000 pilgrims and dressing and bandage services for 24,000 pilgrims,” he added.
In a related by different occasion, Iran provincial governor has said that Iraqi officials has announced they would not let in any pilgrims to Iraq, since the capacity has been fully exploited, thus closing the international border cross in Mehran; “Iraqi officials announced that they could not afford to accept more pilgrims from Iran for Arbaeen occasion,” said Mohammad Reza Morvarid, adding that more than 600,000 Iranian pilgrims crossed the border to participate in one of the Shias greatest religious ritual.
Muslims, mostly the Shia, and non-Muslims commemorate Arbaeen, 40th day after martyrdom of 3rd Shias’ Imam Hussein in Day of Ashura, by walking on foot from Najaf to Karbala where Imam Hussein’s holy shrine is located. The ritual with at least 20 million pilgrims from across the world is the largest and most populated event in the world. Nearly 1.5 million Iranian pilgrims are participating the walking ceremony this year.