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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/IRAQ – “Curfew for Ashura” imposed by Shiite militias in the Nineveh Plain, where the “return” of Christians remains weak

Mosul – On the occasion of the Ashura Islamic feast celebrated mainly in Shiite Islam, the Shiite militiamen of Hashd al-Shaabi imposed a curfew on the Nineveh plain and in the Tal Afar district. The provision – as reported by – ends on Tuesday 10 September – the day on which the Ashura feast falls this year – and was justified as a preventive measure to avoid attacks and attacks against the processions with which the Shiites commemorate each year the massacre of Imam al-Husayn ibn Ali and 72 of his followers, perpetrated in the city of Karbala by the troops of caliph Umayyad Yazid I.

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