Nearly 2.6 million residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

About 43,033 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 10 February 2019

Nearly 2.6 million residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

  • Immediate penalties were imposed against 395,916 offenders; 354,846 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents

JEDDAH: Nearly 2.6 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 2,584,307, which included 2,012,832 for violating residency regulations, 395,346 for labor violations and 176,129 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 43,033 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 1,878 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,363 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 395,916 offenders; 354,846 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 441,550 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 655,578 were deported.


US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

Updated 25 February 2020

US State Department calls Saudi Arabia ‘important strategic partner’

  • The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom
  • Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

WASHINGTON: The US State Department on Monday said Saudi Arabia was an "important strategic partner" and paid tribute to the "historical relations" between the two countries.

The comments come following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the Kingdom during a tour of Middle East and African countries last week.

The State Department added that Pompeo discussed regional issues with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said the US-Saudi Arabia relationship was a "distinct" one that went beyond confronting Iran.

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It also said that the situation in Syria was "catastrophic," while calling on Russia and Iran to do more to protect civilians and saying there was no military solution to the conflict in the country.

The department also spoke about the situation in Iraq, saying the Iraqi Prime Minister-designate, Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi, must include the Kurds and Sunnis in the formation of a government.

The US said that Iran was responsible for aggression against its interests in Iraq and said it would prevent Iraqi militias from attacking the Green Zone.