SAUDI ARABIA IMPOSES STRICT PENALTIES ON ILLEGAL ALIENS AFTER ARREST OF 11,614 VIOLATORS
SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTS 11,614 ILLEGALS IN ONE WEEK.
The Saudi Ministry of Interior announced that over 11,614 individuals were arrested in various regions of the country for violating residency, labor laws, and border security regulations during a joint field campaign carried out by security forces from May 25 to 31.
The arrests included 6,738 violators of the residency system, 3,618 violators of border security rules, and 1,258 violators of labor laws.
According to the Ministry, 654 individuals were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, with 41% being Yemenis, 55% Ethiopians, and 4% from other nationalities.
Additionally, 44 individuals were caught trying to cross the border to exit Saudi Arabia.
Fourteen individuals were arrested for transporting and harboring violators of residency and work regulations and practicing cover-up activities.
A total of 28,927 individuals are currently being held for violating regulations, with 24,134 being men and 4,793 being women.
Of these, 22,322 individuals have been referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 1,756 have been referred to complete their travel reservations, and 6,356 have been deported.
The Ministry of Interior emphasized that anyone who facilitates the entry of an infiltrator into the Kingdom or gives them transportation, 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.