300 Iranians detained in Iraq
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 27
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Iraq has in the past two weeks arrested 300 Iranian nationals, who illegally crossed borders with that country to take part in a religious ceremony called Arba'een, Tasnim agency quoted Saeed Ohadi, head of Iran's Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization, as saying Nov. 27.
He said Iranian citizens were arrested by Iraqi security forces, as they entered the country without visas.
"All the detained Iranian nationals have been handed over to security forces of the Islamic Republic," noted Ohadi.
In the last two weeks, 1,200,000 Iranians visited Iraq.
Every year, millions of Muslims walk on foot to Karbala on the 40th of the Ashura Day in the Muslim month of Muharram. Last year, the ceremony was attended by 20 million people. It is predicted that two million pilgrims will depart for Iraq from Iran.
This year the Arba'een will be held on December 2.