Two people have been killed in clashes between security forces and protesters in the Gulf state of Oman, witnesses and officials said.
Hundreds had gathered for a second day in the industrial city of Sohar to call for political reforms.
At least five people were said to have been wounded when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters.
Until now, Oman had mostly been spared the unrest which has affected other Arab states in recent months.
Demonstrations are also taking place in the southern town of Salalah, according to Reuters news agency.
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Oman is yet another country in political turmoil that borders Saudi Arabia. If this unrest consumes Saudi Arabia, all world economic hell will break loose and you can expect to pay a lot more for a gallon of gas. Will the Saudis be able to keep the wave of regional ant-government rebellion from splashing across her borders?
/we probably won’t have to wait long to find out, youth groups and workers in that country now calling for a “day of rage” demonstration in the capital, Riyadh, on March 11th
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