Demonstrators block port in Oman

SOHAR - Demonstrators blocked roads

to a main port in northern Oman and looted a nearby supermarket
on Monday, part of protests to demand more jobs and political
reform that have spread to the sultanate's capital.

A doctor said six people had been killed in clashes between

stone-throwing protesters and police on Sunday in the northern
industrial town of Sohar. Oman's health minister said only one
person had been killed and 20 wounded.

Hundreds of protesters blocked access to an industrial area

that includes the port, a refinery and aluminum factory. A port
spokeswoman said exports of refined oil products that typically
amount to 160,000 barrels per day from the port were unaffected.