16 Million Pilgrims Flock to Karbala

AKnews reports that over 16 million pilgrims flocked to Karbala to mark Arbain, the 40th day after Ashura, which is the day Shiite’s believe Imam Hussein Ibn Ali was martyred in the 7th century.

The deputy leader of the Karbala Provincial Council Nassif, Jassem al-Khutabi, told AKnews that over half a million come from abroad, including from Europe, America, Australia, Iran, India, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Afghanistan.

Khutani called on the federal government and the Iraqi Council of Representatives to vote on Karbala City’s request to form a special body to deal with the millions of visitors to Iraq.

“The visitors need security and services that Karbala and other popular provinces cannot manage without the cooperation of their neighbors.”

(Source: AKnews)

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