New KSA campaign to expel illegal expats

Updated 02 March 2015
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New KSA campaign to expel illegal expats

Intensive security measures are in force to seize foreigners who violate the Kingdom’s labor laws, said a Jeddah police source.
Security checkpoints on roads are also focused on ensuring the success of Saudi Arabia’s campaign against undocumented workers.
“The highway security patrol enforces the regulations and directions of the Ministry of Interior,” said Maj. Gen. Khaled Al-Qahtani, commander of the special force for highway patrol.
“Such operations involve tracking the illegal labor force and detecting violators. This is our daily duty to boost highway security,” he said.
With the beginning of the second labor correctional campaign, he indicated that intensive measures will be implemented at security checkpoints on roads.
The commander stressed that rounding up people violating the labor and residency regulations never stopped.
Brig. Saeed Al-Qarni, director of security patrols in Makkah, said security forces will extend support to the labor office in monitoring commercial establishments and seize the violators.
Authorities in Makkah arrest 400 to 500 violators daily. Most of them do not carry their employment cards (iqamas), he said.
Fahad Momenah, a member of the National Committee for Construction, said the construction sector will be the most affected by the campaigns against violators.
Construction companies largely depend on foreign workers to implement their projects, he pointed out.
He said about 80 percent of laborers in the construction sector worked on the daily wage system, although this is in violation of the labor and residency regulations.
“This will negatively impact the construction companies when the second correctional campaign begins. But the most affected will be small enterprises because they depend on labor violators,” he explained.
The correctional campaign helps eliminate fake contractors, he said. This is one of the benefits of the campaign, he added.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.