Millions of Iranian Muslims flock to Iraq to attend Arba'een

Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari said that more than one million and one hundred thousand pilgrims have left the country, and this indicates an 80% increase in travels compared to the same period last year.

Iran (IMNA) - The largest religious gatherings in the world, Arbaeen, marks the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shiite Imam, Hussein ibn Ali (Peace be upon him). Millions of pilgrims from Iran and across the world are preparing themselves to travel to the holy Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala to attend Arba'een.

The required infrastructures in the border crossings of Mehran, Chazabeh and Shalamcheh in west and southwest Iran have been prepared to welcome Arbaeen pilgrims; law enforcement officers also try to provide them with timely services.

"Since the beginning of Muharram, more than one million and one hundred thousand pilgrims have left the country; this indicates an 80% increase in travels compared to the same period last year," Hossein Ashtari said.

"The number of Iranian passports being issued for Arbaeen pilgrims has been increased by 100 percent. Immigration cop agents and passport offices are also on duty to fulfill their task regarding the round- the- clock arrangements,"  he continued. 

"Parking capacities has been increased compared to the last year, and basic infrastructures has also got completed; however, everything depends on the number of cars coming to the borders," Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General noted.

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