SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi Arabia arrests 15,069 illegals in a week

January 29, 2022

Saudi Gazette Report

RIYADH
- Around 13,620 violators of residency and labor laws and border security regulations have been arrested in various regions of the Kingdom within a week. The arrests were made during joint field campaigns carried out by various units of security forces and the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) during the period from January 20 to 26.

Those arrested included 6,700 violators of the residency laws, about 5,177 violators of the border security regulations, and more than 1,743 violators of the labor law.

A total of 274 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, of whom 55 percent were Yemeni nationals, 42 percent were Ethiopians, and 3 percent belonged to other nationalities while 139 people were arrested for trying to flee the Kingdom crossing borders. The security forces also arrested 11 people who were involved in transporting violators and giving them shelter.

The total number of violators, who are currently subject to the punitive measures, accounted for more than 96,504 including more than 86,019 men and 10,485 women, while the cases of 84,966 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents for their deportation.

The Ministry of Interior has warned that anyone who is caught facilitating anyone to enter the Kingdom in violation of the border security regulations, or provides him transportation or shelter or any assistance or service in any way, shall be awarded a maximum jail term of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million, and the confiscation of the means of transportation, and the residence used for shelter, in addition to publicizing their names in the local media.


January 29, 2022
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