Not less than 31 folks have been killed in a stampede throughout commemorations for the Shia holy day of Ashura within the Iraqi metropolis of Karbala, officers say.
A well being ministry spokesman stated one other 100 folks have been injured and warned that the dying toll might rise.
The stampede reportedly occurred when a pilgrim tripped whereas a whole lot of hundreds have been performing a ritual.
Ashura commemorates the martyrdom in battle of the Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, in 680AD.
In 2005, at least 965 pilgrims were killed in a stampede on a bridge over the River Tigris within the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Witnesses stated panic unfold among the many pilgrims over rumours of suicide bombers.