Over 78,000 expatriates, mostly Yemenis, arrested in Saudi crackdown

Over 78,000 expatriates, mostly Yemenis, arrested in Saudi crackdown

A joint Saudi campaign to prosecute Yemeni expatriates living in Saudi Arabia, under the name of “violators of residence and border security control” has on Sunday revealed a shocking toll of the Saudi campaign against Yemeni expatriates, which was recently officially launched.

The campaign, in a statement, said, that some 16,000 expatriates had been arrested in just six days, bringing the total number of those arrested since the campaign began a few weeks, ago to some 78,000 expatriates, most of them Yemenis.

The statement confirmed the deportation of more than 8,200 expatriates, while the deportation proceedings for the rest are being completed.

A few weeks ago, Saudi authorities announced a crackdown on Yemeni expatriates, which began by cancelling the contracts of thousands of health workers and higher education employees, under various pretexts.

While no official justification has been given, it is generally thought that the reasons for the Saudi crackdown involve retaliation for continued Saudi losses in Yemen, as well as a general campaign to open op employment opportunities for Saudi citizens.

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