Over 180,000 residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

The number of those caught while trying to cross the Kingdom’s borders reached 2,073 persons. (SPA)
Updated 12 December 2017
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Over 180,000 residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The joint field security campaign has captured 181,060 violators of residence, labor and border security regulations, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The campaign kicked off across the Kingdom in mid-November and has resulted in the capture of 101,586 violators of iqama (residence) regulations, 52,835 violators of labor regulations and 26,639 violators of border security regulations. The number of those caught while trying to cross the Kingdom’s borders reached 2,073 persons; 78 percent of them were Yemenis, 21 percent Ethiopians and 1 percent from other nations.
All those caught were sent back. Meanwhile, 42 persons were captured for attempting to leave the Kingdom illegally through its borders. On the other hand, 430 persons were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of residence, labor and border security regulations.
Some 15,154 foreigners — 13,395 men and 1,759 women — are currently subject to regulatory procedures in expatriate detention centers. Immediate penalties were imposed on 21,711 violating expatriates, 22,608 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, and 34,697 were deported.
In a related development, security patrols have captured four men and a woman in Al-Quwayiyah, 165km from Riyadh, for violating labor and residence regulations, Al-Madinah daily said. Those captured, who are from African countries, used to employ the woman in Saudi Arabia as a house worker for a monthly salary.


Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

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Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.