Saudi Arabia arrests 13,801 illegals in one week

Saudi authorities arrested 13,801 people in one week. (SPA)
Saudi authorities arrested 13,801 people in one week. (SPA)
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Updated 27 March 2022
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Saudi Arabia arrests 13,801 illegals in one week

Saudi authorities arrested 13,801 people in one week. (SPA)
  • The report showed that among the 175 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 13,801 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From March 17 to 23, a total of 7,953 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,023 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 1,825 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 175 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 61 percent were Yemeni, 28 percent Ethiopian, and 11 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 45 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 16 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be aiding illegal entry to the Kingdom, including transporting and providing shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), or confiscation of vehicles and property.

Suspected violations can be reported on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other regions of the Kingdom.