Ethiopian dies during Saudi raid on illegal workers

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

(Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Saudi police have confirmed an Ethiopian migrant died during raids on illegal workers in the kingdom.

Authorities have been searching businesses and public places in search of foreign workers who failed to legalise their status during a six-month amnesty that ended on Sunday.

More than 16,000 people have reportedly been arrested since Monday.

In a statement, Riyadh police chief Nasser el-Qahtani said the African migrant worker died in el-Manhoufa on Tuesday when he and others tried to resist arrest, Al Jazeera reported.

No further details, including how the death occurred or whether any office would be charged over the incident, were released.

Majority of the approximately 12m foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are South Asian and African migrants who rely on work in the kingdom to send remittances to their families.

During the amnesty, about 1m workers returned to their homes without ramifications, while a further 4m corrected their visa status, according to official departments.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Great escape? The UAE expat's dilemma

Great escape? The UAE expat's dilemma

The slowing economy has left ripples of uncertainty across the...

14
Beating the odds: Palestinian entrepreneurs continue to thrive

Beating the odds: Palestinian entrepreneurs continue to thrive

In the second article of a two-part series, Ambar Amleh, chief...

A bird's eye view of the UAE start-up ecosystem

A bird's eye view of the UAE start-up ecosystem

Tarek Ahmed Fouad, a Dubai-based serial entrepreneur, analyses...

Most Popular
Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking