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Press Dossier    By Date   24/03/2024 Saudi Arabia arrests 21,151 illegals in one week

Arab News, Sun, Mar 24, 2024 | Ramadan 14, 1445

​​Saudi Arabia arrests 21,151 illegals in one week

Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities arrested 21,151 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 13,799 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 4,768 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,584 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 1,283 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 72 percent were Ethiopian, 25 percent Yemeni, and 3 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 67 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and eight 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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