OMAN PROTESTS: Two people dead as Oman police fire at protesters 27Feb11 February 28, 2011

Al Arabiya -  27 February 2011

Omani police fired rubber bullets on stone-throwing protesters demanding political reforms in an industrial town on Sunday, killing two people, and the military moved in to secure the area, witnesses said.

“Two people have died after police fired rubber bullets in the crowd,” one witness told Reuters from the town of Sohar, declining to be named.

Security forces also fired tear gas at protesters who tried to storm a police station in Sohar, northwest of the capital Muscat, according to witnesses.

The protesters attempted to attack a police station near Earth Roundabout, where some 250 demonstrators were holding a sit-in, before security forces forced them back with tear gas.

The sultanate had previously been largely spared the wave of unrest that has swept the Arab world since the ouster of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in a popular uprising.

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