More than 3.24 million held for residency, labor violations in Saudi Arabia

Immediate penalties were imposed against illegals. (SPA)
Updated 03 June 2019

More than 3.24 million held for residency, labor violations in Saudi Arabia

  • The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 12,440, including 10,661 men and 1,779 women

RIYADH: More than 3.24 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the joint field security campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,245,652 offenders, including 2,530,232 for violating residency regulations, 500,454 for labor violations and 214,966 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
The report said that 54,496 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 49 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 48 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,391 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,879 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators.
1,323 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 39 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 12,440, including 10,661 men and 1,779 women.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 470,569 offenders; 429,813 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 545,074 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 813,655 were deported.


Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

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Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and is scheduled to have a meeting with Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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.