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  Updated: January 19, 2011

Arbaeen preparations finalized over 14 million expected

By: Ismail Zabeeh

HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Karbala governorate council has announced completion of security and administrative preparations to receive pilgrims for observance of Ziyarah Al-Arbaeeniyah (fortieth day after the martyrdom of Al-Imam Al-Hussein, peace be upon him) that marks next week.

Head of the council Muhammad Al-Mousawi said that an estimated 14 million pilgrims had marked Arbaeen in Karbala last year but this year this number will go up as it is seen by descending of pilgrims.

Najaf airport authorities said that more than 30 flights have been coming at the airport on daily basis bringing Arbaeen mourners.

Meanwhile, Najaf governorate declared three-day holiday w.e.f January 23 25 Sunday Tuesday marking the occasion.

According to sources 32 thousand security personnel from police and army will participate in Ziyarah Al-Arbaeeniyah plan.


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