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 Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.