Saudi Arabia arrests 13,511 illegals in one week

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 13,511 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

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From June 23 to 29, a total of 8,073 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 3,368 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,070 for labor-related issues.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be aiding illegal entry to the Kingdom, including transporting and providing shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), or confiscation of vehicles and property.

Suspected violations can be reported on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other regions of the Kingdom.