Saudi Gazette report
RIYADH — Around 17,092 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 March 2 to 8.
The arrests included 9,875 violators of the residency system, 4,784 violators of the border security rules, and 2,433 violators of the labor laws.
Another 936 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50% were Yemenis, 47% Ethiopians, and 3% of other nationalities, with 99 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.
Seventeen persons, who were involved in transporting and harboring violators of residency and work regulations and practiced cover up activities, were arrested.
A total of 19,490 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 16,740 are men and 2,750 are women.
Of them 10,085 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 2,427 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 12,375 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.