Omani forces in tanks dispersed demonstrators on Tuesday who were blocking the port in the Sohar industrial city and the coastal road to the capital Muscat as protests erupted in other parts of the country, said AFP reporters and witnesses.

The operation went peacefully and Omani forces drove away protesters who had been keeping vigil at the Earth Roundabout, a landmark intersection in Sohar where clashes erupted on Sunday killing at least one protester. The Omani protesters insist they are not challenging the rule of Sultan Qaboos, who has been in power since 1970, but are merely calling for jobs and reform.

Protests were also reported on Tuesday in the southern port of Salalah and the northwestern region of Buraimi. In Salalah some 200 people demonstrated outside the office of the Governor of Dhofar province. — AFP