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Press Dossier    By Date   17/03/2024 Saudi authorities arrest 19,746 illegals in one week

Arab News, Sun, Mar 17, 2024 | Ramadan 7, 1445

​​Saudi authorities arrest 19,746 illegals in one week

Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities arrested 19,746 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

According to an official report, a total of 11,250 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 5,511 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,985 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 972 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 47 percent were Yemeni, 50 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 109 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 24 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be facilitating illegal entry to the Kingdom, including providing transportation and shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), as well as 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.

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