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Saudi Arabia launches sweeping crackdown on illegal residents, deports thousands

Ongoing crackdown resulting in arrest of over 15,000 individuals who violated residency law

by NWMNewsDesk
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Saudi security authorities have intensified their efforts in a week-long crackdown on illegal residents, resulting in the arrest of over 15,000 individuals who violated the kingdom’s residency, labor, and border security laws.

The operation, conducted from September 14 to 20, also led to the deportation of 10,482 individuals.

According to reports from the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the arrests were made across various regions of the kingdom and targeted different categories of violators. Among those apprehended, 9,538 individuals had violated the residency system, 3,694 were found to be in breach of border security regulations, and 1,822 had transgressed labor laws.

The Saudi Interior Ministry, in its weekly update, disclosed that a total of 43,763 illegal residents are currently undergoing legal procedures. Shockingly, this figure includes 7,378 women, indicating the breadth of the issue.


Additionally, 38,220 other violators have been referred to their respective diplomatic missions to acquire necessary travel documents before deportation. A further 1,722 individuals were directed to finalize travel reservations.

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