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Iran Police to Step Up Border Control for Arbaeen Security

Iran Police to Step Up Border Control for Arbaeen SecurityIran Police to Step Up Border Control for Arbaeen Security

Police will ensure the security of pilgrims planning to travel to Iraq for the Arbaeen mourning ceremony later this month by deploying 30,000 forces to the western border crossings, the police commander said.

In a meeting with a top cleric in the city of Qom on Sunday, Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari said more than 30,000 police forces will be stationed at three border crossings with Iraq to implement security measures during Arbaeen, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Arbaeen, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, comes 40 days after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Each year, a huge crowd of Shia Muslims flock to the Iraqi city of Karbala, where the holy shrine of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is located, to perform mourning rites.

Iranian pilgrims traveling to Iraq by land pass through one of the three border crossings, namely Shalamcheh, Chazzabeh and Mehran.

This year’s Arbaeen falls on Oct. 30.

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