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Two killed in Omani anti-government protests

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Two killed in Omani anti-government protests

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At least two people are reported to have been killed in anti-government protests in Oman.

It is alleged police fired rubber bullets at stone-throwing demonstrators; some of whom set fire to government buildings and cars. Witnesses say more than 2,000 people gathered for a second day in the industrial town of Sohar, on the Gulf Arab sultanate’s northern coast.

Protests also took place in the southern town of Salalah where a small number of demonstrators have camped out since Friday near the office of a provincial governor.

Political parties are banned in Oman, which has been ruled for four decades by Sultan Qaboos bin Said.