Tehran (IP) - Iran's government spokesperson says the administration plans to increase flights to Iraq which can be made from 10 airports in the country, to facilitate the commute of Arbaeen pilgrims.

Iran PressIran News: Every year on Arbaeen, millions of pilgrims from different countries travel tens of kilometers on foot to get to Imam Hussein's shrine.

Arbaeen is a longstanding tradition in Islam, which marks the fortieth day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. Imam Hussein was martyred 14 centuries ago by the second Umayyad Caliph, Yazid Ibn Muawiyah.

Interior Minister of Iran Ahmad Vahidi says it is expected that more than 4.5 million Arba'een pilgrims from Iran will take part in Arbaeen March.

Iran's government spokesperson Ali Bahadri Jahormi said in a press conference on Tuesday: "We are on the verge of the great event of Arbaeen and due to the abatement of COVID cases to a large extent, it is predicted that there will be huge participation in the Arbaeen march, and the president in many meetings followed up on the issue."

The official added: "In this context, the administration has tried to increase flights to Iraq which are made from 10 airports in the country, and the land borders have doubled. The Tehran-Karbala train has also been activated, strengthened and developed."

Bahadori-Jahormi stated: "Six borders with Iraq are active and it is even recommended to go to the border with cars."

He pointed out that many measures have been taken to facilitate the presence of pilgrims in their journey to the holy shrines.


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