TEHRAN (IQNA) – An Iranian clinic in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala and another in the holy city of Najaf will provide health and medical services to pilgrims from Arbaeen, an official said.
Taher Dorudi, deputy for Hajj and Umrah at the Iranian Red Crescent Society Medical Center, told IQNA that two medical teams from the country will be sent to Iraq.
Between 350 and 400 medical personnel will be sent to Iraq, he said.
He noted that the number of Iranian medical personnel sent to Iraq during this year’s Arbaeen season is lower than in previous years as the number of Iranian pilgrims allowed to make the trip this year is much lower.
Dorudi said, however, that the Iranian clinics in Karbala and Najaf will serve all pilgrims from Arbaeen, not just Iranians.
Arbaeen, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of the third Shiite imam, Imam Hussein (AS).
Every year, a huge crowd of Shiites flock to the Iraqi city of Karbala, where the sacred shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located, to perform mourning rites.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Baghdad has decided to ban all foreign pilgrims from traveling to Iraq for last year’s Arbaeen.
This year it allowed the participation of a limited number of foreign pilgrims in the religious event.
Arbaeen falls on September 27 of this year.