At the least 31 pilgrims died on Tuesday in a stampede at a significant shrine in Iraq’s Karbala the place they had been marking the holy day of Ashura, the Iraqi well being ministry stated. The demise toll is anticipated to boost, as there are over a 100 folks injured, with nearly a dozen of them in a crucial situation. The Pakistani International Ministry has shared nonetheless, that not one of the casualties but identified contain Pakistani victims.
It’s the deadliest stampede in latest historical past throughout Ashura, when Shia pilgrims from all over the world swarm Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom of Hussein — Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) grandson. Packed processions of black-clad worshipers made their option to his gold-domed shrine in Karbala, carrying black flags with “Hussein” written in purple and wailing loudly. Round 15 million folks observe Ashura in Karbala every year, making it one of many world’s largest gatherings of individuals – non secular or in any other case.
Below ex-dictator Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-dominated regime, the overwhelming majority of Ashura commemorations had been banned. Now, the day is a nationwide vacation, with streets throughout the nation shuttered to permit for elaborate re-enactments of the Battle of Karbala. Even through the battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Karbala was nonetheless capable of host such massive a big inhabitants of pilgrims. Solely final yr, Shia Iraqis from areas beneath ISIS management had been capable of courageous the journey by ISIS territory to look at Ashura with the remainder of their neighborhood.
In 2005, a minimum of 965 pilgrims heading to the Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad throughout a distinct vacation died after rumours of a suicide bomber within the crowd sparked a mass stampede.