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WorldToll in Iraq shrine stampede rises to 31 dead: Ministry

17:05  10 september  2019
17:05  10 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Rush of panicked Ashoura pilgrims after walkway collapse with the death toll expected to rise , says At least 31 pilgrims were killed on Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims swarm Karbala in Iraq every year to commemorate the death

The death toll from last month’s hajj stampede has risen to at least 1,849, according to tallies given by foreign officials, making it the deadliest incident in the pilgrimage’s Saudi Arabia has yet to provide an updated death toll after saying 769 Muslim pilgrims Morocco: 36 dead . Ethiopia: 31 dead .

At least 31 pilgrims died Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in Iraq's Karbala where they were marking the holy day of Ashura, the health ministry said in a new toll.

Toll in Iraq shrine stampede rises to 31 dead: Ministry© Hussein FALEH Shiite Muslims mark the holy day of Ashura to commemorate the death of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, in the year 680 in Iraq's Karbala

Ministry spokesman Saif al-Badr said the toll could rise even further, as another 100 people were injured including 10 in critical condition.

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At least 16 pilgrims died Tuesday in a stampede at a major shrine in the Iraqi city of Karbala as they marked the holy day of Ashura, the health ministry said.

Another 75 people were injured at the shrine around 100 kilometres (60 miles) south of Baghdad, said spokesman Saif al-Badr, stressing that the toll was not final.

It is the deadliest stampede in recent history during Ashura, when Shiite pilgrims from around the world swarm Karbala to commemorate the death of Hussein, Prophet Mohammed's grandson.

He was killed in the year 680 by the forces of the Caliph Yazid, a major event which helped solidify the divide between what would become Islam's Sunni and Shiite branches.

On Tuesday, packed processions of black-clad worshippers made their way to his gold-domed shrine in Karbala, carrying black flags with "Hussein" written in red and wailing loudly.

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This is a list of notable human stampedes and crushes. Many such accidents are also in list of accidents and disasters by death toll .

The 2006 al-Askari Shrine bombing occurred at the al-Askari Shrine in the Iraqi city of Samarra, on February 22, 2006, at about 6:44 a.m. local time (0344 UTC).

Some whipped their backs and chests to demonstrate their sorrow.

Others -- even young boys -- cut incisions into their foreheads with scalpels or large sabres, leaving streams of blood cascading down their faces.

Similar ceremonies took place in the capital Baghdad and in the southern cities of Najaf and Basra.

Under ex-dictator Saddam Hussein's Sunni-dominated regime, the vast majority of Ashura commemorations were banned.

Now, the day is a national holiday, with streets across the country shuttered to allow for elaborate re-enactments of the Battle of Karbala.

In 2005, at least 965 pilgrims heading to the Imam Kadhim shrine in Baghdad during a different holiday died after rumours of a suicide bomber in the crowd sparked a mass stampede.

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