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Ministry of Environment assures public that gas smell is not dangerous

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Following a second weekend of complaints about a pervasive gas smell in the air around Qatar, the Ministry of Environment has posted a series of tweets in response to the concerns.

https://twitter.com/Qatar_MOE/status/447094713061896192

https://twitter.com/Qatar_MOE/status/447095142529245184

https://twitter.com/Qatar_MOE/status/447095466564415488

The messages, posted around 10:30pm Friday night, state that the MOE has heard and forwarded concerns about the pervasive gas smell to the proper department.

It continued by saying that the quality of air has been examined in the areas where complaints arose, and that no risk of harm to humans or the environment has been detected. The ministry added that it will be following up on the matter.

The MOE did not say what was causing the smell, which residents have described to be akin to the type of fuel used in cooking, rather than the scent of natural gas.

This afternoon on Twitter, dozens of residents from across Qatar reported a scent so strong it could be detected indoors.

Despite assurances from the MOE that the air was safe, some spoke of dizziness and headaches after breathing the odor:

Last weekend, residents also complained about the scent of gas hanging in the air across much of Doha. Both times, the weather has been windy, possibly facilitating the spread of the smell.

When reached for comment then, the Qatar Meteorology Department and a Ministry of Interior spokesman declined having any knowledge of the matter.

Were you affected by the odor? Thoughts?

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