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Saudi Arabia arrests 14,133 violators of residency, labor laws, border security regulations

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Not less than 14,133 violators of residency, labor laws and border security regulations have been arrested in various regions of the Saudi Arabia 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 Nov. 24 to 30.

The arrests included 8,148 violators of the residency system, 3,859 violators of the border security rules, and 2,126 violators of the labor laws.

Another 377 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 51% were Yemenis, 37% Ethiopians, and 12% of other nationalities, with 40 violators being caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.

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

A total of 50,215 violators are currently subjected to procedures for violating regulations, of which 47,153 are men and 3,062 are women.

Of them 39,855 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 2,392 violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and 10,730 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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