Nearly 2.54m residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

The report said that 42,052 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 03 February 2019
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Nearly 2.54m residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

  • The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 11,202, including 9,968 men and 1,238 women

JEDDAH: More than 2.54 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 the total number of offenders was 2,544,626, which included 1,981,604 for violating residency regulations, 389,106 for labor violations and 173,916 for border violations.
The report said that 42,052 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 51 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 46 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
Some 1,870 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,322 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators.
The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 11,202, including 9,968 men and 1,238 women.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 391,035 offenders; 349,251 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 435,993 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 646,878 were deported.


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.