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Abu Dhabi: Nearly 13,000 violators of residency, labour and border security laws were arrested across Saudi Arabia between July 29 and August 4, the Ministry of Interior said.

The arrests included 4,130 violators of the residency system, 7,721 violators of the border security rules, and 1,048 violators of the labour laws, the ministry added in a statement.

Another 322 people were arrested trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, of whom 49 per centwere Yemenis, 49 per cent Ethiopians, and 2 per cent of other nationalities, with 51 violators being caught trying to cross the border to go out of the country.

Five people were arrested for transporting and providing a safe haven for violators of residency and work regulations.

A total of 70,608 violators are currently subjected to the procedures for violating the regulations, of whom 58,716 are men and 11,892 are women.

Of them 53,815 violators were referred to their diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents, 4,406 violators were referred to complete their travel bookings, and 6,380 violators were deported.

The Ministry of Interior warned those who facilitate the entry of infiltrators into the Kingdom or provide them with transportation, shelter or any assistance or service face u to 15 years in jail, and a fine of up to SR1million, in addition to defamation of the offenders and confiscation of the means of transportation and accommodation.