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Saudi Arrests 13,939 Illegals in a Week

Around 13,939 violators of residency, labour 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 July 27 to August 2. The arrests included 7,894 violators of the residency system, 3,839 violators of the border security rules, and 2,206 violators of the labour laws.

Another 933 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 41% were Yemenis, 58% Ethiopians, and 1% of other nationalities, with 44 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.

Eight persons, who were involved in transporting and harbouring violators of residency and work regulations and practised cover-up activities, were arrested. A total of 37,794 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 31,222 are men and 6,572 are women.

Of them 31,109 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 2,019 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 7,969 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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