Bright Star 2018 military drills continue in Egypt

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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
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The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills continued at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt. (SPA)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Bright Star 2018 military drills continue in Egypt

JEDDAH: The Bright Star 2018 multinational military drills are continuing at the Mohamed Naguib military base in Alexandria, Egypt.
Saudi airborne units and special forces are carrying out training exercises with friendly forces. Seminars and lectures are also being held.
The Saudi military’s aim is to increase combat readiness, exchange experiences with other armed forces and refine participants’ military skills.
The US-Egyptian Bright Star 2018 military drills include other units from Greece, Britain, Jordan, the UAE, Italy and France.
The exercise aims to strengthen military and security cooperation among the participating countries.
Exercises included anti-terrorism operations, and fighting techniques on land and sea. Live ammunition was used in some drills.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.