March 9, 2020 / 7:28 PM / a month ago

Iraq orders closure of holy city of Najaf: state news agency

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi authorities have ordered the closure of the Najaf province, home to holy Muslim Shi’ites sites, for non-residents starting on Wednesday for a week to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the state news agency said on Monday.

Najaf is a major destination for Shi’ite pilgrims.

Reporting by Nayera Abdallah, Alaa al-Marjani and Ulf Laessing; Editing by Sandra Maler

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