Witnesses: Oman security forces sweep into protest sites, dozens arrested

MUSCAT, Oman – Witnesses in Oman say soldiers and police have swept into protest camps in the capital of Muscat and the southern city of Salalah, arresting dozens of demonstrators calling for reforms in the tightly ruled country.

The witnesses say there were no serious injuries in the raids Thursday, as authorities try to end months of sit-ins and rallies for more job opportunities and political openness. The witnesses say soldiers used armoured personnel carriers.

The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisal.

Oman’s ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has tried to appease demonstrators by promising 50,000 new civil servant jobs and replacing more than a dozen Cabinet ministers.

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