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    Saudi Arabia arrests 15,351 illegals in a week  


    Sep 2, 2023

    Saudi Gazette report

    RIYADH — Around 15,351 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 August 24 to 30.

    The arrests included 9,124 violators of the residency system, 4,284 violators of the border security rules, and 1,943 violators of the labor laws.

    Another 579 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 54% were Yemenis, 44% Ethiopians, and 2% of other nationalities, with 257 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.

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

    A total of 41,048 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 33,968 are men and 7,080 are women.

    Of them 35,175 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 1,690 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 9,594 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.

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