Saudi Gazette report
RIYADH — Around 13,898 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 February 23 to March 1.
The arrests included 8,001 violators of the residency system, 3,832 violators of the border security rules, and 2,065 violators of the labor laws.
Another 777 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 51% were Yemenis, 41% Ethiopians, and 8% of other nationalities, with 52 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.
Eight persons, who were involved in transporting and harboring violators of residency and work regulations and practiced cover up activities, were arrested.
A total of 20,918 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 17,535 are men and 3,383 are women.
Of them 11,774 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 2,480 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 10,241 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.