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.


Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

Updated 16 min 58 sec ago

Oman, UAE praise Saudi Arabia for reaching a deal between Yemeni parties

  • Gulf countries praise Saudi Arabia’s role in brokering the Riyadh Agreement.
  • The deal ends a feud between the government and the STC and refocuses efforts on fighting the Houthi militia

RIYADH: Oman welcomed on Tuesday Saudi Arabia’s efforts in bringing together the Yemeni government and southern separatists to sign a power sharing agreement. 
The two parties signed the Saudi-brokered deal in Riyadh last week to end a power struggle in the country’s south. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the agreement as a step toward a wider political solution to the Yemen conflict.
Oman’s foreign ministry said it “hopes the agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive settlement in Yemen.”
Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister, Prince Khalid bin Salman, visited Oman on Monday and met Sultan Qaboos bin Said.
The UAE Cabinet also welcomed on Tuesday the signing of the agreement and expressed confidence that it will establish a “new era of unified and effective work to meet the aspirations of the Yemeni people.”
“The Cabinet affirmed the UAE’s support for all efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia, through its leadership of the Arab Coalition, in order to stabilize Yemen and allow it to regain it role in the region,” the state WAM news agency reported.
The new arrangement calls for an equal number of ministries between the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
The Kuwaiti Cabinet also welcomed the Riyadh Agreement on Monday and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts.
Yemen’s government was forced to flee the capital Sanaa when Houthi militants and their allies seized the city in 2014. 
The government and the STC are part of a military coalition against the Iran-backed Houthis, which also includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE.