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Ministry launches robust security plan after residency deadline

The plan aims to target residency violators who did not comply with the deadline, whether by leaving or adjusting their status, and will launch on Monday, focusing on key areas where violators are known to congregate.

  • The campaign will include all governorates, with clear directives and instructions regarding the necessity of being firm and not lenient with the violators who were given a golden opportunity by the Ministry of Interior to amend their status, which lasted about four months.

  • Those caught receive coordinated assistance from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and relevant embassies to issue travel documents for immediate deportation, with legal measures taken and fingerprints recorded to prevent re-entry.

With the expiration of the deadline for residency violators to adjust their status—extended for more than three months until the end of June—the Ministry of Interior, following directives from Sheikh Fahd Al-Yousef, the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Interior, is initiating a comprehensive security plan.

This plan aims to target residency violators who did not took advantage of the deadline, whether by leaving or adjusting their status. Set to launch on Monday, it will focus on key areas where violators are known to congregate, according to Al Rai newspaper.

Brigadier General Mazyad Al-Mutairi, the Assistant Director General of Residency Affairs, said in a previous interview with Al-Rai newspaper that “no violator will escape” after the deadline expires.

The campaign will include all governorates, with clear directives and instructions regarding the necessity of being firm and not lenient with the violators who were given a golden opportunity by the Ministry of Interior to amend their status, which lasted about four months.

Security elements and patrols from the Residence Affairs Investigations, Criminal Investigations, Public Security, and Emergency Departments will participate in the security campaigns.

The role of the Special Forces will be to provide support and reinforcement in the event that rapid intervention is required to control the dens and gatherings of violators. The campaigns will continue around the clock and cover several areas.

Regarding those who are caught, there is coordination between the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the embassies of certain countries to issue a travel document to the violator. This enables the ministry to immediately deport the individual from the country after taking legal measures and recording their fingerprint to prevent them from re-entering the country permanently.

In this context, the concerned authorities will take security measures against anyone who harbors a violator, as this will result in legal accountability. The violator will bear the costs, including the ticket and any amounts incurred by the sponsor while bringing them into the country.

Ensuring safety and serenity of Muharram

As is its annual custom as the month of Muharram approaches, the Ministry of Interior is preparing to secure the religious rituals taking place in Husseiniyats and places of worship during the first ten days.

The ministry has developed a security plan starting on July 7, which includes the deployment of investigation personnel, public security, rescue, and special forces, and will continue for 40 days.

The plan includes protecting and securing places of worship as well as the citizens and residents who are present to perform religious rituals. The Ministry of Interior has coordinated with the owners of the Husseiniyats to implement the plan.





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