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Iran dispatches 1st batch of relief workers to Iraq

Iran dispatched the first group of relief workers from its Red Cross Society and Kermanshah's medical centers to Iraq through the Khosravi border, IRNA reported.

On Tuesday, a series of blasts struck a mosque in the Shiite district of Kazemein in Baghdad and the holy Shiite city of Karbala as the communities were marking Ashura, the Shiite mourning period commemorating the killing in 680 AD of Imam Hussein (AS), grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Qasr-e Shirin Governor-General Hossein Khosh-Eqbal told IRNA here Wednesday that 40 ambulances and a helicopter have been stationed in this border checkpoint ready to ferry the wounded as well as the bodies of victims of the bombings and mortar attacks in Iraq's two holy cities.

In Karbala, at least 112 people were killed and 235 wounded. In Baghdad, at least 70 people were killed and 321 wounded in explosions in a mosque in the Shiite district of Kazemein, located northwest of the capital city.

Qasr-e Shirin's hospital, he announced, is ready to offer needed medical services to the victims.

Khosh-Eqbal further said no victims or bodies have as yet been brought into the country.

Meanwhile, Iran's Red Cross Society expressed readiness to help in the humanitarian work of ferrying victims and bodies of those killed in the bombings into Iran.

The organization also informed that 200 relief workers are currently on full alert in border checkpoints and ready to enter Iraq on orders of the Foreign Ministry to help in the rescue and relief work.

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