RIYADH – Approximately 13,620 violators of residency and labor laws and border security ordinances have been arrested in numerous regions of the Kingdom in a week. These arrests were made during joint field campaigns by multiple security forces and the General Directorate of Passports from the 20th to the 26th of January. These arrested included 6,700 violators of the residency laws, nearly 5,177 violators of the border security regulations, and almost 1,743 labor law violators.
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A sum of 274 people was arrested trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, of whom 55 percent were Yemeni nationals, 42 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent belonged to different nationalities. In comparison, 139 people were arrested for fleeing the Kingdom crossing borders. In addition, the security forces also arrested 11 people transporting violators and sheltering them.
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The complete number of violators, who are currently subject to the punitive measures, accounted for more than 96,504, including more than 86,019 men and 10,485 women, while the cases of 84,966 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to acquire travel papers for their removal.
The Ministry of Interior warned that anyone caught facilitating someone to enter the Kingdom in violation of the border security regulations or providing them transportation, shelter, assistance, or service in any way shall be awarded a maximum jail time of fifteen years, a fine of up to SR 1 million, the confiscation of the means of transport, and the residence used for shelter, in addition to broadcasting their names in the local media.