Saudi Arabia arrests 16,471 illegals in a week

March 18, 2023

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Around 16,471 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 9 to 15.

The arrests included 9,025 violators of the residency system, 5,105 violators of the border security rules, and 2,341 violators of the labor laws.

Another 1184 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 42% were Yemenis, 56% Ethiopians, and 2% of other nationalities, with 120 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 17,270 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 14,250 are men and 3,020 are women.

Of them 7,756 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 2,024 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 12,958 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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