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5,000 pilgrims cross Iran's Khosrawi border into Iraq daily - police

Kermanshah, March 21, IRNA -- Five thousand pilgrims cross Iran's western Khosrawi border into Iraq daily for pilgrimage visit, said provincial police commander General Javad Hamed here on Sunday.

Hamed told IRNA that the pilgrimage visits from Iran to Iraqi holy sites resumed late last year (ended on March 19) as Iran's Interior Ministry received assurances that there would be no restrictions for such visits.

He said 3,500 people cross into Iraq a day via Mehran border in western Ilam Province and 1,500 others via Shalamcheh border for the purpose.

He added that Khosrawi border, as a big passenger terminal in the Middle East, has the capacity to handle visits by 5,000 people from Iran to Iraq a day.

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