Saudi Arabia arrested more than 12,000 people in the past week as it looks to stop residency, labour and security breaches. The announcement was made by the Ministry of Interior in a social media post identifying 12,093 arrests between May 18 and May 25.
The Ministry said the arrests were made by multiple security agencies in the Kingdom during the past week. The arrests included:
6,598 residency violations
4,082 border security rule violations
1,413 labour law violations
Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior also said 401 people had been arrested attempting to cross borders into the Kingdom. Meanwhile, 13 were apprehended while trying to exit the country. Anybody attempting to aid illegal entry into KSA faces a 15-year jail term and a fine of up to SR1m ($267,000).
The Kingdom currently has more than 27,283 people facing procedures regarding residency, border security and labour law violations, including:
20,707 referred to their embassies to obtain travel documents
1,362 referred to complete reservations