Saudi Arabia arrests 15,568 illegals in a week

RIYADH-Around 15,568 violators of residency, labor laws and border security regulations were arrested in various regions of the Kingdom within a week.
A view of the Ministry of Interior headquarters in Riyadh.

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 September, 1 to 7.

The arrests included 9,331 violators of the residency system, 4,226 violators of the border security rules, and 2,011 violators of the labor laws.

Another 260 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 27% were Yemenis, 65% Ethiopians, and 8% of other nationalities, with 38 violators being caught trying to cross the border to go out of Saudi Arabia.

Twenty people were involved in transporting and harboring violators of residency and work regulations and practiced cover up activities, were arrested.

A total of 46,064 violators are currently subjected to the procedures for violating the regulations, of which 43,005 are men and 3,059 are women.

Of them 36,540 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 2,081 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 9,293 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 SR1million in addition to the confiscation of the means of transportation and accommodation.(SG)

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