Joint Field Campaigns: Arrest of (13308) Violators of Residence, Employment, and Border Security Regulations

Saudi Arabia

The joint field campaigns to monitor and apprehend violators of residence, employment, and border security regulations, conducted in all regions of the Kingdom for the period from 2 to 8 / 1 / 1445 AH (corresponding to 20 to 26 / 7 / 2023 AD), yielded the following results:

Firstly: The total number of violators apprehended during the joint security field campaigns in all regions of the Kingdom was (13308) violators. Among them were (7725) violators of the residence system, (3427) violators of the border security system, and (2156) violators of the employment system.

Secondly: The total number of individuals apprehended while attempting to cross the borders into the Kingdom was (572) persons. Of these, (62%) were Yemeni nationals, (37%) were Ethiopian nationals, and (1%) belonged to other nationalities. Additionally, (58) individuals were apprehended for attempting to leave the Kingdom through illegal means.

Thirdly: (9) individuals involved in transporting, sheltering, and employing violators of residence, employment, and border security regulations, as well as facilitating their concealment, were arrested.

Fourthly: The total number of violators currently undergoing regulatory procedures reached (36953) illegal expatriates, including (30660) men and (6293) women.

Fifthly: (30701) violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, (2155) violators were referred to complete their travel reservations, and (10205) violators were deported.

The Ministry of Interior affirmed that anyone who facilitates the entry of violators of the border security system into the Kingdom, transports them within it, provides them with shelter, assistance, or any form of service, exposes themselves to penalties of up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to one million Saudi riyals, confiscation of the means of transportation and accommodation used for harboring violators, in addition to public defamation. The ministry emphasized that this crime is considered a serious offense punishable by detention, as it undermines honor and trust. They urged citizens to report any violations to the number (911) in the regions of Makkah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Province, and to (999) and (996) in the rest of the Kingdom.

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