In a tragic accident in al-Shomali city of Iraq, eleven pilgrims were killed, the Iranian Red Crescent Society reported on Sunday afternoon.

Iran PressMiddle East: According to Tahir Doroudi, the Iranian Red Crescent Society’s deputy chief for medical affairs, a minibus collided with a van, and since a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank was inside the van, the two vehicles exploded. As a result, he said, 11 people died, and around 30 others were injured.

He also stated that following this incident, Iraqi emergency ambulances were sent to the place and said: Red Crescent Society ambulances also arrived at the place and were on standby. Also, we announced an alert for Karbala, and an ambulance bus was sent to the place.

Earlier, Pirhossein Kolivand, The head of the Red Crescent Society, said that due to the burning of the bodies and the fact that their identities are not known, the number of Iranian dead is also unknown.

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Meanwhile, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, Mohammad Kazem Al-Sadeq told Iranian Students News Agency(ISNA) that the dead bodies are being transferred to identification centers. 

“Three people who were present in the accident and are now alive stated that all the passengers in the van were Iranian, and it appears that the 11 dead were also Iranian,” the envoy noted, expressing his sympathies.

The statements of the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Iraq about the Iranian nationality of the victims of this incident have not been confirmed by the rescuers and the Red Crescent Society. 

Every year, Iraq organizes the largest peaceful human gathering in Arbaeen. On the eve of the occasion, pilgrims embark on a 55-mile journey on foot from the city of Najaf to Karbala, home of the holy shrine of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam.

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