March 5, 2020 / 8:43 AM / a month ago

Iraq cancels Friday prayer in Shi'ite holy city of Kerbala over coronavirus - statement

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq cancelled Friday prayers in the Shi’ite holy city of Kerbala due to conerns about the coronavirus, a statement from the holy site administration said on Thursday.

Kerbala, like the neighbouring holy city of Najaf, attract Shi’ites pilgrims from Iraq and abroad.

Reporting by Faris al-Sharifi ad Aziz El Yaakoubi; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Toby Chopra

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