Saudi Arabia arrests 11,465 illegals in a week  

September 30, 2023

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH — Around 11,465 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 September 21 to 27.

The arrests included 7,199 violators of the residency system, 2,882 violators of the border security rules, and 1,384 violators of the labor laws.

Another 711 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 52% were Yemenis, 45% Ethiopians, and 3% of other nationalities, with 14 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.

Fifteen persons, who were involved in transporting and harboring violators of residency and work regulations and practiced cover up activities, were arrested.

A total of 43,772 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 36,404 are men and 7,368 are women.

Of them 38,379 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 1,704 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 7,922 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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