The head of the Department of Hussayni rituals and processions in Iraq and Islamic World of the holy shrines of Imam al-Hussayn and al-Abbas (peace be upon both of them); Haj Riyadh Ni'mah al-Salman, announced that the number of the service and condolences processions participated in the Ziyarat Arba'een of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him) for this year 1439 AH, has reached 9450 processions, only within the administrative boundaries at the holy city of Karbala and registered officially within the database of the department, including the Arab and foreign processions, and there are hundreds of processions that could not register, in addition to the Hussayniyat, residential houses an schools opened to provide services to the visitors."
Adding: "The number of Hussayni processions newly registered this year has reached 1000 processions, which is a reference to the increase in the volume of services provided to visitors commensurate with their numbers, which are increasing each year."
And indicating: "A number of meetings were held prior to the Ziyarat Arba'een with the agents and sponsors of these processions, in order to get the best results in accordance with the sanctity of the Ziyarat, and work to overcome all obstacles. The department has documented these processions in advance and take legal guarantees from the sponsors of the processions, to issue special ids for each procession. We have also deployed the staff of the departments to conduct tours of these processions and to note the irregularities, if any, in addition to their deployment on the movement of the condolence processions to record any negative situation or violation issued by the procession members in order to avoid it in the future, and they will also organize their march."