Iran yesterday warned its citizens against travelling to Iraq as anti-government protests escalate.
"Due to the ongoing escalation in Iraq, citizens and visitors are requested to delay their trips until further notice," Mehr quoted a statement by the Iranian foreign ministry as saying.
Thousands of Iraqis have taken to the streets this week in a second wave of protests against a government and a political elite they say is corrupt and out of touch. The death toll, since a broader wave of unrest started on 1 October, is at least 250.
Iranians visit Iraq throughout the year to mark a number of religious occasions to visit Shia shrines.