Saudi Arabia arrests 1.25 million foreigners

By Middle East Affairs

On Wednesday, the Kingdom reported that Saudi Arabia had arrested more than 1.25 million people for violating residential, labor and border security regulations over the last few months.

The sweeping raid of arrests began on November 16 and recently ended on June 14, in that time 1,251,966 people were arrested by the orders of the Kingdom. The arrests include 931,069 violations of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violations of border security regulations.

Others were arrested for trying to gain entry into the Kingdom, such 19,233 people were arrested with 54 percent coming from Yemen, another 43 percent from Ethiopia, and 3 percent from various other nations.

The Kingdom didn’t stop there, it also arrested 790 people who attempted to leave the Kingdom illegally.

In addition, Saudi Arabia arrested another 2,167 people for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations. It also arrested 415 citizens for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Out of the 415, 388 were later released but subjected to regulatory measures.

Saudi Arabia also detained expats, 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women were arrested. If not arrested, penalties were put on 221,404 people and 177,329 violators were told to observe their diplomatic missions for travel documents, while 327,034 were immediately deported.

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