Saudis arrest nearly 16,500 illegal immigrants in one week

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Abu Dhabi: As many as 16,466 violators of residence, work and border security laws were arrested across Saudi Arabia between September 9 and 15, the interior ministry said.

The arrests included 6,470 residence system violators, 8,182 border security violators and 1,814 labor law violators, the ministry added in a statement.

Another 304 people were arrested as they attempted to cross the border into the Kingdom, of which 32% were Yemenis, 64% Ethiopians and 4% other nationalities, with 21 offenders arrested while attempting to cross the border to leave the country.

Thirteen people were arrested for transporting and providing refuge to violators of residence and work regulations.

A total of 84,038 offenders are currently subject to regulatory infringement proceedings, of which 73,291 are men and 10,747 are women.

Of these 66,956 offenders were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents and 9,144 offenders were deported.

The Home Office has warned those who facilitate the entry of infiltrators into the Kingdom or provide them with transport, shelter or any aid or service face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 1 million SR, in addition to being named and shamed and confiscation of means of transport and accommodation.

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