Saudi arrests 19,321 people for residence, labor violations

Saudi arrests 19,321 people for residence, labor violations

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The report revealed that of the 1,070 people arrested for trying to enter the kingdom illegally, 31 percent were Yemeni, 67 percent were Ethiopian and 2 percent were of other nationalities.

Arab News, citing official reports, reported that 193 more people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 11 were caught for their involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The Saudi Interior Ministry said anyone facilitating illegal entry into the kingdom, including providing transportation and shelter, could face a maximum of 15 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), as well as confiscation . Vehicles and property.
Suspected violations can be reported to the toll-free number 911 in the Mecca and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other areas of the kingdom.

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