Around 16,471 illegal expatriates, including Bangladeshis, were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residency, labor laws and border security regulations in different regions within a week. According to the Saudi Ministry of Interior, they were arrested in a joint operation conducted by various units of the security forces across Saudi Arabia in the week of March 9 to March 15. Among those arrested were 9,025 residence violators, 5,105 border security violators and 2,341 labor law violators. In addition, 1,184 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into Saudi Arabia, 42% of whom were Yemeni nationals, 56% Ethiopian nationals and 2% of other nationalities, while 120 violators were arrested while trying to cross the border illegally to flee Saudi Arabia. was arrested. Fourteen people were also arrested in connection with the transportation and harboring of violators of residential and work regulations and involved in clandestine activities. The Ministry of Interior said that anyone who assists an infiltrator to enter Saudi Arabia or provides transportation or shelter to him or provides any assistance will face up to 15 years in prison with confiscation of assets and a maximum fine of 1 million Saudi riyals.