Saudi Arabia arrests 12,899 illegals in a week

Around 12,899 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 July 29 to Aug, 4.

The arrests included 4,130 violators of the residency system, 7,721 violators of the border security rules, and 1,048 violators of the labor laws.

Another 322 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 49% were Yemenis, 49% Ethiopians, and 2% of other nationalities, with 51 violators being caught trying to cross the border to go out of Saudi Arabia.

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

A total of 70,608 violators are currently subjected to the procedures for violating the regulations, of which 58,716 are men and 11,892 are women.

Of them 53,815 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 4,406 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 6,380 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.