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.


Saudi governor reviews coronavirus preventive action in Northern Borders region

Northern Borders Region Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz chairs a virtual meeting in Arar on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 57 min 18 sec ago

Saudi governor reviews coronavirus preventive action in Northern Borders region

  • The governor urged citizens and residents to strictly follow government rules to combat COVID-19

ARAR: Northern Borders Region Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday chaired a virtual meeting in which top officials briefed him about the steps taken to combat the spread of coronavirus in the region. Prince Faisal reviewed the steps taken by government bodies in provinces, measures used to implement decisions, private efforts, preventive action, hygiene and sanitation procedures, and the application of health standards.
The governor also urged the public and government officials not to pay attention to rumors about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and asked them to rely only on the Health Ministry and the Saudi Press Agency.
Prince Faisal directed all government agencies to work around the clock to ensure public safety and well-being.
He stressed the need to ensure cleanliness in and around public areas and at food establishments to keep the threat of COVID-19 at bay.
The governor urged citizens and residents to strictly follow government rules to combat COVID-19.
A command and control center has also been established in Arar to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the region and to take necessary measures according to the ground situation.