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    Saudi Arabia arrests 12,093 illegals in a week


    May 27, 2023

    Saudi Gazette report

    RIYADH — Around 12,093 violators of residency, labor 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 May 18 to 24.

    The arrests included 6,598 violators of the residency system, 4,082 violators of the border security rules, and 1,413 violators of the labor laws.

    Another 401 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 45% were Yemenis, 53% Ethiopians, and 2% of other nationalities, with 64 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.

    Thirteen persons, who were involved in transporting and harboring violators of residency and work regulations and practiced cover up activities, were arrested.

    A total of 27,283 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 22,770 are men and 4,513 are women.

    Of them 20,707 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 1,362 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 6,676 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 in addition to the confiscation of the means of transportation and accommodation.

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