UAE: Police arrest 113 beggars over the weekend

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As part of its continuous crackdown on beggars during the holy month of Ramadan, Sharjah Police have arrested 113 beggars, including 69 men and 44 women of various nationalities.

The beggars were arrested in various parts of the city around malls, commercial areas, and mosques.

Col. Ibrahim Al Ajill, Director of CID at Sharjah Police, said that this inspection campaign which is targeting beggars comes as a follow-up to the Ministry of Interior’s initiative and to continue the efforts of the Sharjah Police to eliminate this phenomenon which is spreading during the holy month, especially in commercial markets and mosques.

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Most of the beggars who were arrested were brought to the country by organised gangs, which have been busted by the police.

When failing to reach their ‘targets’, the beggars resorted to thefts – posing a serious risk to members of the community.

Al Ajill urged community members to cooperate with the police by reporting cases of begging by calling  80040 and 901.

Instead of giving charity to beggars, residents can donate to associations and charitable institutions approved by government agencies.

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Source Credit: Khaleej Times

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