It looks like the wave of uprisings sweeping the Middle East has spread to the small Persian Gulf state of Oman. Protests in Oman have turned violent, as activists calling for more jobs and political reform block roads and clash with police. Six people have been killed according to doctors, while the health ministers says only one person has been killed and 20 injured. In the industrial city of Sohar, looters scavenged food from a supermarket set on fire by protesters. Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who's ruled Oman for four decades, promised to create more jobs, give unemployment benefits, and look into expanding the authority of the quasi-parliamentary advisory council. The sultan holds absolute power and political parties in the country are banned.
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