Nearly 4.15 million illegals arrested in Saudi Arabia

Figures released on Friday showed that of the 72,505 people arrested while trying to cross the border into Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 10 November 2019

Nearly 4.15 million illegals arrested in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 1,674 Saudis were arrested for harboring people who had breached local laws

RIYADH: Nearly 4.15 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, a total of 3,237,897 people have been held for violating residency regulations, 637,425 for labor violations and 267,577 for border violations.
Figures released on Friday showed that of the 72,505 people arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 43 percent were Yemeni, 54 percent Ethiopian and the remainder of other nationalities.
A total of 2,892 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries, and 4,653 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring offenders.
More than 1,674 Saudis were arrested for harboring people who had breached local laws.
The total number of offenders subject to procedures is 15,243, comprising 13,304 men and 1,939 women, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Immediate penalties were imposed on 572,446 offenders; 525,530 were transferred to diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 695,609 were transferred to complete their travel reservations, and 1,036,810 were deported.


Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.