KARBALA / Aswat al-Iraq: A total of 650 motorcades will serve Shiites visiting the city of Karbala during the holy month of Muharam, a Shiite official said on Thursday.
"A total of 650 motorcades had official licenses to serve Shiite pilgrims," Sheikh Abd Ali Abdulkhaleq al-Hameri told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.
"The motorcades started their deployment in the city until the end of the visit," he added.
On Muharram, Muslims mourn and commemorate the sacrifice of Hussain ibn Ali, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the battle of Karbala.
The 10-day mourning period starts from first of Muharram and concludes on the Day of Ashura.
Shiites remember the sacrifice of their Imam by reading verses, known as Noha and Souz, in his memory.