37,000 identified Iqama violators in 5 days across KSA

A total of 574 people were caught trying to cross the border into Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 22 November 2017

37,000 identified Iqama violators in 5 days across KSA

RIYADH: A joint field campaign which kicked off last Wednesday across the Kingdom to pursue and arrest violators of iqama regulations, resulted in the seizure of 36,656 violators including 22,085 violators of iqama regulations; 6,874 violators of border security regulations; and 7,697 violators of labor regulations.

A total of 574 people were caught trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 77 percent of whom were Yemeni nationals and 21 percent were Ethiopians. Three persons were arrested for attempting to cross the border leaving the Kingdom.

The total number of those who are currently in expatriate detention centers reached 9,349, including 8,371 men and 978 women.

The total number of citizens charged with harboring regulation violators is 27. One of them was released after the penalties were paid.

Authorities confirm the deportation of 4,457 violators; the imposition of immediate sanctions against 3,223 violators; the referral of 2,750 violators to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; and the referral of 2,891 violators to complete their travel procedures.


Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

Updated 44 min 48 sec ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)