MAKKAH: People of Makkah are complaining about illegal expatriates who have taken refuge in some of the old cemeteries in the Okaisha area of the holy city, violating the sanctity of the dead.

Some of them have turned the graveyards, which are no longer used for burials, into dumping grounds, Al-Madina newspaper reported.

Awad Al-Shirhy has said the walls around the cemeteries are either frail or have collapsed, and no maintenance work has carried out for a long time.