Nearly 2.95 million held for residency, labor violations across KSA

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Around 500,102 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 740,785 were deported. (SPA)
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Around 500,102 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 740,785 were deported. (SPA)
Updated 15 April 2019
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Nearly 2.95 million held for residency, labor violations across KSA

  • The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 11,952, including 10,162 men and 1,790 women

RIYADH: Nearly 2.95 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 2,943,570 offenders, including 2,294,682 for violating residency regulations, 451,130 for labor violations and 197,758 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 49,933 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.
2,133 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,671 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 11,952, including 10,162 men and 1,790 women.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 437,543 offenders; 400,212 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 500,102 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 740,785 were deported.


Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

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Kiswa of Kaaba raised in preparation for Hajj

  • Up to 50 people worked on the raising of Kiswa this year
  • The Kiswa is replaced with white cloth during Hajj

DUBAI: The lower part of Kaaba’s Kiswa, the black cloth draped around the holy shrine, was raised 3 meters in preparation for the new Hajj season and was replaced with white cloth instead, Reasah Al-Harmain said on Friday.
The procedure is done every year before the Hajj season in order to protect the Kiswa, as some pilgrims touch and pull on the black cloth when they circumambulate the Kaaba.

Up to 50 technicians and specialists oversaw the annual process, head of the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri said.
What some pilgrims do to the Kiswa stems from wrongful beliefs, which is why the black cloth is raised and replaced with white textile during Hajj, he added.
The original Kiswa will be draped again after the Hajj season concludes, Al-Mansouri said.