Saudi Arabia has arrested about 14,000 people this month for breaking laws on residency, labour and border security.
The arrests were made during joint campaigns carried out by various units of security forces and the General Directorate of Passports, the kingdom’s interior ministry said.
According to the interior ministry, 7,118 were arrested for breaking residency laws, 5,015 for flouting border security regulations and more than 1,576 people over the labour law.
A total of 365 people were also arrested while trying to cross the border into Saudi Arabia illegally.
The statement said 45 per cent of those arrested were Yemeni citizens while 53 per cent were Ethiopian and 2 per cent had other nationalities.