252,218 illegals deported in 10 months

Makkah and Riyadh regions recorded the highest percentage of offenders being deported. (SPA)
Updated 14 August 2016

252,218 illegals deported in 10 months

JEDDAH: A total of 252,218 violators of the residence and work laws, at the rate of 840 per day, were deported from the Kingdom in the last 10 months of the Islamic calendar.
According to government statistics, security authorities, represented by the Border Guard, arrested 22,455 people (on an average 75 per day) attempting to infiltrate Saudi ports during the above mentioned period.
Nearly 12,088 violators are still waiting to complete their deportation procedures in accommodation centers designated by the state for such people.
Makkah and Riyadh regions recorded the highest percentage of offenders being deported, with a rate of nearly 55 percent.
The General Directorate of Border Guards, meanwhile, is working to transform their services to electronic transactions for achieving top safety and quality standards.
The first phase of e-services project is expected to be completed by the last quarter of this year. Services such as entry permits, ship notices, arrival and departure will be included.
The directorate also confirmed that the portal will contribute to providing integrated solutions to entities related to ports, including partners and agents of commercial vessels/cargo ships in the Kingdom and other relevant authorities.
The second phase of the e-services portal project will later be developed. It will include a number of e-services related to sailing and fishing permits in addition to driving licenses.


Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

Updated 24 October 2020

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia's southern region on Saturday. 

The armed drone which targeted civilians was destroyed on Saturday afternoon, coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said. 

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the attempted attack and reiterated that it stands with the Kingdom in maintaining its stability and security.