At least 31 people were killed and 100 others injured in a stampede at the Imam Hussein Shrine in Karbala on Tuesday, September 10. The stampede occurred when part of a walkway collapsed during mourning processions marking the holy day of Ashura.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours. Further details are still emerging; avoid the area.
The day of Ashura commemorates the killing of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussein ibn Ali, by a rival Muslim faction in Karbala in present-day Iraq, in 680 AD. Muharram is a month of remembrance for Muslims, who mourn from the first night of Muharram and continue for ten nights, culminating with a large procession on the 10th of Muharram, the Day of Ashura.
Individuals present in Karbala are advised to exercise caution and to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. People present in Karbala are advised to avoid the area of the stampede.
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