The spokesman of the El-Abbas Holy shrine Mr. Ali Es-Seffar stated that more than 18 million pilgrims from Arab and foreign countries.
He confirmed that the number of pilgrims had been increasing. He added that pilgrims entered Kerbala during approximately twenty days.
He mentioned that the El-Abbas Holy Shrine provided pilgrims with many services concerning accommodation and food.
There were over 200 canopies installed in terms of offering services, 250000 square meters covered with carpets, and approximately 100000 blankets were provided by the El-Abbas Holy Shrine. In addition to 5 million meals offered to pilgrims on the roads to Kerbala.