A top Iranian police official says groups of Arbaeen pilgrims have begun returning to the country, through the Mehran border crossing in particular, after they performed 'the Great Walk'.

Top police official, Brigadier General Taghi Mehri

Middle East: According to Iran Press, Brigadier General Taghi Mehri said the number of cars travelling to Mehran border crossing has increased 11 percent compared to the same period last year.

Talking to reporters and journalists on Saturday, Brigadier General Mehri said the police were fully prepared for the return of Arbaeen pilgrims to the country.

The top police official said all required measures have been adopted in Khuzestan, Ilam, Lorestan, Central, Hamedan and Kermanshah provinces, noting however that the country's weather forecasters are predicting several days of rain in western Iran and in western border regions, therefore the pilgrims are advised to pay utmost attention to weather conditions and drive at a 'safe speed'.  

Brigadier Mehri referred to increasing number of buses and cars travelling through Mehran border region this year, saying the number of cars has increased by 11 percent compared to the same period last year.

Earlier, Iran police chief Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari had said that no security problem has been reported along the common border with Iraq.

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Arbaeen marks the 40th day after Ashura, the sad occasion commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third infallible Imam of the Prophet Mohammad’s Household (peace be upon them).

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A former American congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney

It is worth noting that last year, a former American congresswoman, known for her anti-war stances, visited Iraq to attend the Arbaeen walk. Cynthia McKinney, who has served for 12 years in the US House of Representatives, took part in the world’s largest religious gathering.

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