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Saudi Arabia Arrests 17,257 Illegals in a Week

Around 17,257 violators of residency, labor laws and border security regulations were arrested in various regions of the Kingdom within a week.

According to the Ministry of Interior the arrests were made during the joint field campaigns carried out by various units of the security forces across the Kingdom during the week from November 30 to December 6.

The arrests included 11,183 violators of the residency system, 3,765 violators of the border security rules, and 2,309 violators of the labor laws.

Another 481 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 38% were Yemenis, 60% Ethiopians, and 2% of other nationalities, with 62 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.

Eight persons, who were involved in transporting and harboring violators of residency and work regulations and practiced cover up activities, were arrested.

A total of 51,884 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 45,672 are men and 6,212 are women.

Of them 45,773 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 2,394 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 9,369 violators were deported.

The Ministry of Interior emphasized that anyone who facilitates the entry of an infiltrator into the Kingdom or gives him transportation or shelter or any assistance or service shall be punished with penalties of up to 15 years in prison, and a maximum fine of SR1 million, in addition to the confiscation of the means of transportation and accommodation.


Saudi Gazette

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