Saudi Arabia arrests 11,614 illegals in a week

June 03, 2023

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Around 11,614 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 May 25 to 31.

The arrests included 6,738 violators of the residency system, 3,618 violators of the border security rules, and 1,258 violators of the labor laws.

Another 654 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 41% were Yemenis, 55% Ethiopians, and 4% of other nationalities, with 44 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 28,927 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 24,134 are men and 4,793 are women.

Of them 22,322 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 1,756 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 6,356 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.

June 03, 2023
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