5,013 illegal expats arrested in Madinah

Updated 22 December 2015

5,013 illegal expats arrested in Madinah

RIYADH: Security authorities have arrested 5,013 illegal expats during the month of Safar in Madinah, according to the district police.
Madinah police chief Maj. Gen. Abdul Hadi Al-Shahrani said his force arrested expatriates of different nationalities, who have violated the labor and immigration regulations.
He added that the number of those arrested in Madinah since the campaign began has reached 104,788.
He said the raids were carried out with cooperation of all relevant government agencies.
He said those arrested would be deported after a formal inquiry to ascertain the degree of their offenses.
He asserted that the campaign to flush out illegals from the region would continue.
The suspects include workers without iqamas, persons with professions not mentioned in their iqamas, those working for different sponsors, runaway workers and also illegal vendors hawking at public market places.
During the operations, the police had cordoned off the earmarked areas — provinces, villages and district suburbs.

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 13 min 3 sec ago

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.


• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.