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  • Updated: September 02, 2023

Accident Kills 16 Shia Iranian Pilgrims In Iraq During Arbaeen Gathering

Accident Kills 16 Shia Iranian Pilgrims In Iraq During Arbae

A devastating road accident in northern Iraq has resulted in the loss of at least 16 lives, primarily among Shia Iranian pilgrims, during the annual Arbaeen pilgrimage to the holy city of Karbala.

Arbaeen stands as one of the world's largest religious gatherings, drawing millions of devoted pilgrims.

The accident occurred between the cities of Dujail and Samarra, leaving numerous others injured, reports early Saturday said.

This tragedy casts a shadow over the solemn pilgrimage that commemorates the end of the 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein, a revered figure in Shia Islam.

Arbaeen is a momentous occasion for Shia Muslims worldwide, signifying the end of the 40-day mourning period for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Millions of pilgrims, including a significant number from Iran, embark on this spiritual journey to the holy city of Karbala.

Tragically, this year's pilgrimage was marred by a heart-wrenching accident between Dujail and Samarra, claiming the lives of pilgrims who had travelled with deep faith and devotion.

Iraq has been grappling with significant challenges in maintaining road safety and infrastructure due to factors such as conflict, neglect, and systemic corruption.

Shockingly, road accidents claimed over 4,900 lives in Iraq last year, averaging 13 deaths each day, according to health ministry data.

Officials often attribute these accidents to excessive speed and the use of mobile phones while driving. These concerning statistics underscore the urgent need for improved road safety measures and infrastructure investment in the country.

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