Millions mark Arbaeen ritual in Karbala

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Millions of Shia Muslims celebrated the Arbaeen ritual in Iraq’s city of Karbala on Thursday. This year has set a new record for the annual gathering, as reportedly around 22 million pilgrims have visited the city. The holy ritual marks 40 days of martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the third Shia Imam and grandson of Mohammed.