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Saudi Authorities Arrest 14,529 Illegals in a Week

Around 14,529 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 August 17 to 23.

The arrests included 8,512 violators of the residency system, 3,959 violators of the border security rules, and 2,058 violators of labour laws.

Another 898 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 63% were Yemenis, 36% Ethiopians, and 1% of other nationalities, with 64 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.

Five persons, who were involved in transporting and harbouring violators of residency and work regulations and practised cover-up activities, were arrested.

A total of 40,015 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 32,826 are men and 7,189 are women.

Of them 34,067 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 1,854 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 9,494 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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