Saudi Arabia begins Hajj 2019 ban on LNG cylinders at Holy Sites

Saudi Arabia's General Directorate of Civil Defence is implementing the ban to ensure safety at Hajj pilgrims' sites

LNG cylinders are banned at Saudi Arabia's Holy Sites during Hajj 2019.
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LNG cylinders are banned at Saudi Arabia's Holy Sites during Hajj 2019.

Saudi Arabia's General Directorate of Civil Defence has started implementing the ban on the entry and use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cylinders of various types and sizes at camps of Hajj pilgrims and regional headquarters of government agencies within the country's Holy Sites. 

The preventive measure is meant to reduce the risk of fire in Hajj camps, said Lt Col Mohammed Al-Hammadi, official spokesman of the Civil Defence Hajj mission, adding that the decision to ban the entry and use of gas to the holy places would be implemented in coordination with relevant security agencies, Saudi Arabia's state news agency, SPA, reported.

The LNG ban covers buildings, government camps, and charitable agencies’ structures within the Holy Sites, with no exceptions to be made, General Directorate of Civil Defence announced in July. 

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