Over 19,000 held for residency, labor, border violations in Saudi Arabia

The total number of violators who were subjected to procedures was 59,316, including 51,396 men and 7,920 women

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. An Ethiopian worker carries his suitcase, as he waits along with his countrymen to be repatriated, in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, November 10, 2013.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An Ethiopian worker carries his suitcase, as he waits along with his countrymen to be repatriated, in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, November 10, 2013.

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RIYADH: More than 19,000 violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in the Kingdom in one week, according to an official report.

In the campaigns that took place in all regions of the Kingdom from July 1-7, there have been 19,023 offenders, including 7,811 for violating residency regulations, 991 for labor violations and 10,221 for border violations.

The report said that 325 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom: 49 percent were Yemeni citizens, 46 percent were Ethiopians, and 5 percent were of other nationalities.

In addition, 63 people were arrested for trying to cross into neighboring countries, and two were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The total number of violators who were subjected to procedures was 59,316, including 51,396 men and 7,920 women.

The authorities transferred 41,253 offenders to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, while 2,711 were transferred to complete their travel reservations and 22,560 were deported.

The Ministry of Interior said that whoever facilitates the entry of violators to the Kingdom, transports them or provides shelter or any other form of support will face imprisonment for up to 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), confiscation of the means of transport or residence employed in the violation, and defamation.

The ministry called on people to report any violation on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions. For all other regions of the Kingdom, the numbers are 999 and 996.

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