Saudi authorities nab 45,000 immigration and labor violators in month

Ethiopians gather as they wait to be repatriated in Manfouha, southern Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (File Photo: AP)

The passports police detained a total 44,978 violators of residence and labor laws throughout the kingdom over the last month.

Director of the Passports Department (Jawazat) in Makkah Province Maj. Gen. Khalafallah Bin Obaidullah Al-Tuwairqi said 14,768 were apprehended in Jeddah.

He said various punishments, including imprisonment and fines, were issued against a number of Saudis who accommodated or covered up the violators.

A pre-dawn crackdown in various districts in Jeddah on Wednesday resulted in the arrests of 312 violators, including a number of expatriates who were wanted in connection with criminal offenses.

This was originally reported on the Saudi Gazette on April 10, 2015.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47