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Demonstrators block port in Oman

SOHAR - Demonstrators blocked roadsto a main port in northern Oman and looted a nearby supermarketon Monday, part of protests to demand more jobs and politicalreform that have spread to the sultanate's capital.

A doctor said six people had been killed in clashes betweenstone-throwing protesters and police on Sunday in the northernindustrial town of Sohar. Oman's health minister said only oneperson had been killed and 20 wounded.

Hundreds of protesters blocked access to an industrial areathat includes the port, a refinery and aluminum factory. A portspokeswoman said exports of refined oil products that typicallyamount to 160,000 barrels per day from the port were unaffected.

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