TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iranian Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari highlighted the facilities provided for pilgrims visiting Iraq during Arbaeen season and said no security problem has been reported along the common borders with the Arab country so far.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of his visit to the southwestern border crossing of Shalamcheh on Sunday, Brigadier General Ashtari expressed his gratitude to the Arbaeen pilgrims for cooperating with the police forces and said the pilgrims’ passage has become easier compared to previous years.

Thank God, there have been no security problems in the country’s three border crossings, namely Shalamcheh, Mehran, and Chazabeh, the police chief added.

He went on to say that police forces have been stationed in all routes used by pilgrims to reach the Iraqi borders and provide them with needed advice.  

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

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

Iranian pilgrims traveling to Iraq by land can choose from three border crossings, Shalamcheh, Chazzabeh and Mehran.

This year’s Arbaeen falls on October 30.