604 illegal workers arrested in Riyadh
604 illegal workers arrested in Riyadh
During its second operation in a week, Riyadh police arrested 604 illegal workers in four districts in the capital.
An official from the police department said the joint operation were carried out in the Shifa, Malaga, Sulay and Manfouha districts.
During the raids, police netted two most-wanted expatriates. Police cordoned the targeted areas to block illegal workers from escaping the scene.
The operations that were carried out on special instructions from Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar were combined efforts of the police, Riyadh municipality, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Labor Ministry officials.
According to police, the majority of those arrested were Yemenis and Ethiopians. Those arrested did not have valid residency documents, and others were working for different sponsors.
Security authorities conduct regular inspections to apprehend illegal workers to curb crimes such as thefts, sorcery, employing illegal workers, and brewing liquor.
According to the official, most crimes in the Kingdom are committed by illegal residents who have overstayed their visas. As a result, the government has intensified its campaign against these illegal residents.
During the amnesty period offered by the late Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, illegal residents were allowed to leave the Kingdom without any penalties during the grace period.
The Ministry of Interior had earlier advised all illegal expatriates in the Kingdom to correct their work and residency status following the end of the amnesty period on Nov. 1, 2013 or leave the country.