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Saudi Arabia arrests 14,780 illegals in one week

Around 14,780 violators of residency and labor laws and border security regulations have been arrested in various regions of the Kingdom within one week, from November 18 to 24.

The arrests were made during joint field campaigns carried out by various units of security forces and the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat).

Those arrested included 7,552 violators of the residency laws, about 5,699 violators of the border security regulations, and more than 1,529 violators of the labor law.

A total of 429 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, of whom 70% were Yemenis, 28% were Ethiopians, and 2% belonged to other nationalities.

A total of 36 people were arrested for trying to flee the Kingdom crossing borders. The security forces also arrested 14 people who were involved in transporting violators and giving them shelter.

The total number of violators currently subject to the punitive measures accounted for over 87,653 including more than 79,744 men and 7,909 women. The cases of 75,649 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents for their deportation.

The Ministry of Interior warned that those caught facilitating anyone to enter the Kingdom in violation of the border security regulations, or provides him transportation or shelter or any assistance or service in any way, shall face a maximum jail term of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million, and the confiscation of the means of transportation, and the residence used for shelter, in addition to publicizing their names in the local media.


Saudi Gazette

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