More than 2,500 infiltrators arrested and 3,141 deported until August this year: ROP
As many as 2,550 infiltrators were arrested during the first eight months of this year compared to 2,071 caught during the same period last year.
Lt Col Ahmed bin Humaid al Sarkhi, director at the Anti-Infiltration Department at the Directorate General of Operations, said that Oman gives great importance to controlling infiltration and has various laws to protect the country’s integrity.
Statistics released by the Anti-Infiltration Department show, 3,141 infiltrators of different nationalities were deported this year until the end of August.
Lt Col Sarkhi explained how infiltration can have a negative effect on the security of the country.
It can be a source of different types of crimes such as smuggling which can be detrimental to the social and economic aspect of the society. Infiltration can also affect the country’s job market.
“Some of these intruders due to lack of jobs may commit crime and cause damage to national and private property.”
However, Lt Col Sarkhi said that the arrested infiltrators are kept in centres where they are provided proper food, water and medical services necessary till they leave the country.
“The infiltrators undergo trials as per Oman’s laws and deported in accordance with the international conventions and standards relating to this issue,” he said.
The arrested are kept in well-equipped centres and provided all the required facilities Lt Col Sarkhi