IRNA – Two Iranian medical clinics were opened in Iraq on the eve of the ritual of Arbaeen when millions of pilgrims flock to the country to commemorate the 40th day of Shia Muslim’s 3rd Imam martyrdom.
The executive advisor to Iran’s Red Crescent Society for Hajj and Pilgrimage Taher Doroudi said that the four-story medical clinic in the holy city of Najaf was opened on Saturday, and the medical staff and personnel are ready to give services from Sunday.
Meanwhile, an Iranian field hospital was opened in the eastern city of Al-Kut in the Iraqi Province of Wasit.
‘The medical clinic with 20 specialists and 70 technicians will give services to the pilgrims and local residents,’ said Razeqi, the head of the clinic.
Kut is the city that hundreds of thousands of Iranian pilgrims who enter Iraq via Mehran border crossing traverse to participate in the Arba’een ceremony.
It is estimated that some 3 million Iranian pilgrims attend the Arba’een ceremony in Karbala, Iraq on November 9.
Arbaeen, falling on November 9 this year, is a Shia Muslim religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the third Imam of Shia Muslims.
Each year, millions of pilgrims, mainly from Iraq and Iran, travel long routes on foot to Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (AS) is located.