Saudi authorities arrest more than 17k violators

Saudi authorities arrest more than 17k violators
Saudi authorities arrest more than 17k violators

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Jeddah - Yasmine El Tohamy - RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 17,556 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

A total of 11,219 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 3,782 were held over illegal border crossing attempts and a further 2,555 for labor-related issues, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

The report showed that among the 756 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 60 percent were Yemeni, 38 percent Ethiopian, and 2 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 38 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 12 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

So far, the authorities transferred 43,975 offenders to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, while 1,860 were transferred to complete their travel reservations and 10,636 were deported.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be facilitating illegal entry to the Kingdom, including providing transportation and shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), or confiscation of vehicles and property.

Suspected violations can be reported on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other regions of the Kingdom.


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