The president of the Department of Hussayni bodies and processions in Iraq and the Islamic world belonging to the holy shrines of Imam Al-Hussayn and Al-Abbas (peace be upon them); Al-Haj. Ryad Ni'mah Al-Salman declared that the number of the participating Hussayni bodies and processions in the Zyarat of Imam Al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) this Ashura is 1500 Hussayni bodies and processions within the administrative boundaries of the holy city of Karbala, which is a quantum leap in comparison of the numbers of the last year that were about 705 processions, and this commensurate with the significant increase in the numbers of the expected visitors this year.
Mr. Al-Salman added: "These processions were distributed as follow, 18 processions of "Latm", 148 processions of "Zinjeel" as well as other condolences procession that entered to the holy shrines. The rest of processions are established to provide different services to the visitors such as food and drinks as well as providing places where they can sleep ... They are deployed on all the roads leading to the holy city of Karbala that are used by the visitors, noting that some of the processions joined between condolences rituals and serving visitors."
Mr. Al-Salman explained: "Also, there was the participation of processions from outside the province of Karbala as well as procession from Arab and Islamic countries, the department has documented in advance these processions and has deployed its affiliates to register them and to take note of any negative situation or violation in order to avoid them in the future. Also, the affiliates organize and conduct the processions to facilitate their movement ... We have also set up a series of preparatory meetings with processions' agents and sponsors leading up to Zyarat Al-Arba'een, in order to get out the best results that would suit the sanctity and the status of this Zyarat, and work to overcome all the obstacles."