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Many held over weekend

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 3: The General Security Sector in the Ministry of Interior tightened security in the six governorates during the weekend and New Year holidays. In a press statement, the Public Relations and Security Media General Department disclosed the security operations over the weekend and New Year’s Eve resulted in the arrest of 118 individuals wanted by law for involvement in criminal and civil cases, 90 for Residency Law violations, 378 for failure to present valid identification documents, 54 who were reported absconding by their sponsors, 53 for drugs and alcohol related cases, four for theft, 78 marginalized labor force and 12 hawkers.

The department also said that 1,363 traffic violations were recorded, 50 vehicles impounded and on-site sampling of 801 road accidents, while the Operations Unit in the ministry received 2,501 emergency calls. The department added the efforts exerted by the General Security Sector led to the arrest of 20 individuals wanted by law for involvement in various cases and 49 violations were registered for using parking slots designated for the disabled.

Humanitarian support given during the same period reached 1,075 and the number of fights totaled 193. In addition, the Traffic Sector intensified campaigns on major roads and intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic and prevent traffic jams. During these campaigns, 11,055 direct and 9,967 indirect traffic violations were recorded.

Meanwhile, the Central Department for Operations received 4,600 calls through emergency hotline number 112 from Dec 28, 2017 to Jan 1, 2018. A total of 326,518 travelers passed through the land borders as follows:

■ Kuwaitis — 42,639 arrivals and 45,768 departures

■ GCC nationals — 49,909 arrivals and 51,532 departures

■ Other nationalities — 9,040 arrivals and 12,087 departures

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