Over 3.5 million enthusiastic pilgrims arrived in Karbala on Monday to attend the Â celebrations of Imam Hussain (as) and Hazrat Abbas (as) birthday in the holy city of Karbala.According to Shiite News correspondents in Karbala, the pilgrims started arriving Karbala as of Sunday and as the day of Imam Hussain (as) and Hazrat Abbas (as) birthday approached the trend of their entries accelerated.”
Head of the information committee of Imam Hussain’s holy shrine, Afdhal ash-Shami says, “It is impossible to present an accurate figure about the number of pilgrims that keep pouring in, but they are roughly over three and a half million, many of them on foot, from near and far places inside and outside Iraq.”
A Karbala police officer, too, predicted that the arrival of pilgrims to Karbala would continue up to Wednesday night.
The Iraqi police officer reiterated, “Scores of Iraqi National Guards have come to the city to assist Karbala police forces in assuring the security of pilgrims and the city residents.”
Police official added, “They are positioned in various spots of all roads connecting Karbala to other parts of Iraq, and inside the city, watching closely for possible terror attempts. Also, the roads leading to Karbala have all been blocked ten kilometers away from the city in order to halt the entry of possible terrorists and carloads of explosives, or infiltrators.”
Celebrations for the auspicious birthday of Imam Hussain (as) and Hazrat Abbas (as) have already started in Karbala, and some religious groups keep distributing free cookies, fruit juice, food and water among pilgrims.