A minimum of 31 folks died and one other 102 had been wounded on Tuesday throughout the Shi’ite Muslim spiritual rituals of Ashura in Iraq’s southern holy metropolis of Karbala, in what officers at its Imam Hussein shrine described as a stampede.
The loss of life toll launched by the Iraqi Well being Ministry was anticipated to rise, with not less than 9 folks nonetheless in vital situation. Thirty folks died on web site and another died in hospital, the Well being Ministry spokesman stated.
The Ministry didn’t disclose how that they had been killed however shrine officers advised Reuters the stampede passed off in the direction of the top of the procession, when 1000’s of pilgrims rushed in the direction of the shrine throughout what is named the Tuwairij run.
“The pilgrims fell one on top of the other and we were unable to pull them out,” pilgrim Abdel Mahdi advised Reuters.
Images circulated on social media confirmed dozens of individuals bloodied and mendacity throughout a walkway, whereas different pilgrims tried to assist.
Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi expressed his condolences to these killed within the stampede, whereas the Well being Minister visited the wounded in hospital.
The annual pilgrimage marking the loss of life of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein in battle in 680 attracts lots of of 1000’s of Shi’ite Muslims to Kerbala from world wide.
Hussein’s loss of life in a battle at Kerbala over the management of the Islamic group is among the defining occasions within the schism between Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims.
The rituals commemorating the loss of life of Hussein contain self-flagellation, with crowds of mourners putting themselves and a few lacerating their heads with blades. Stampedes have occurred previously.