About 400 Iranian pilgrims with fake visas stranded in Iraqi airport
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 13 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
During a course of one week, some 400 Iranian pilgrims were detained in Iraq, and kept stranded in a local airport, IRIB News reported.
Reportedly, the pilgrims were detained because of having fake visas.
During the last detention, several groups, a total of some 150 of Iranian pilgrims were detained with fake visas in Najaf International Airport of Iraq.
Iranian council in Iraqi city of Najaf said that the pilgrims arrived in Iraq from Iran's Tehran, Mashhad and Zanjan cities, adding that the problem is currently being solved.
Last week, a convoy of some 250 Iranian pilgrims from various cities of Iran were to enter Najaf city, however they were identified to have fake visas, and were deported back to Iran.
Najaf is a city in Iraq about 160 km (roughly 100 miles) south of Baghdad. It is widely considered the third holiest city of Shi'a Muslims and the center of Shia political power in Iraq.