24 Egyptians deported from Saudi Arabia over illegal residence
Airport staff stand next to an EgyptAir plane on the runway at Cairo Airport, September 5, 2013. Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany.

CAIRO: A total of 24 Egyptians were deported from Saudi Arabia Tuesday for residing in the Kingdom illegally, MENA reported.

The deportees arrived in Cairo International Airport on a Saudi plane from Jeddah, and confirmed to the authorities that they had been arrested for violating labor laws, according to MENA.

Earlier in February, 17 nationals were deported from Saudi Arabia under similar circumstances. At least 154 Egyptians were deported from October 2015 to January 2016.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly warned citizens not to overstay their visas in Saudi Arabia or return to the Kingdom illegally after deportation.

Some of the deportees arrived in Egypt with travel documents issued by the Egyptian consulate in Jeddah, as their passports were withheld by their Saudi sponsors.

The Saudi sponsorship system entitles business owners to hold the passports of foreign workers as long as they work for them.

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