Around 2.82 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

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Around 480,441 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 719,801 were deported. (SPA)
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Around 480,441 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 719,801 were deported. (SPA)
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Around 480,441 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 719,801 were deported. (SPA)
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Around 480,441 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 719,801 were deported. (SPA)
Updated 24 March 2019
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Around 2.82 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,166 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 46 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 2.82 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 2,827,564 offenders, including 2,204,460 for violating residency regulations, 432,461 for labor violations and 190,643 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 47,863 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.
2,015 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,533 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,166 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 46 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 424,223 offenders; 385,618 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 480,441 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 719,801 were deported.


Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

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Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.