Exit of Iranian pilgrims from Iraq

April 7, 2008 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Due to deterioration of the security situation in Iraq, around 8,000 Iranian pilgrims were returned home, Deputy Head of Iran''s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Hossein Akbari said here on Saturday.

Announcing the closure of the border crossings between the two countries Akbari added the dispatch of Iranian pilgrims to Iraq’s holy sites came to the stop and “now there is no Iranian pilgrim in Iraq.”
As part of the country’s new security plan even Iraqis are not allowed to enter or exit through the border, Akbari added.
The Iranian official stated that dispatch of Iranian pilgrims would resume as soon as security is restored to the country.
Earlier, the governor of the southwestern Iranian city of Khorramshahr had pronounced that the Iran-Iraq Shalamcheh border crossing was still closed due to continuing skirmishes in Iraq’s southern areas.