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Omani police arrests dozens over rare protests

Social media outlets in the Sultanate of Oman has witnessed a lot of discussion since last Sunday, in interaction with the protests taking place in regions in the north of the country calling for job opportunities and the development of Sohar State in the North Al Batinah Governorate.

The beginning was last Sunday, when a group of unemployed people demanding employment and laid off from their jobs in the state of Sohar gathered in front of the Directorate of Labor in the province, raising slogans calling for their right to employment and development.

The area witnessed a heavy security presence compared to the number of demonstrators.

According to reports from Sohar, there were clashes between the demonstrators and the police, who fired tear gas canisters and arrested many protesters.

Oman Police announced today, Thursday that it has arrested dozens of those who carried out attacks on pedestrians and property.

On its Twitter account, the Oman Police tweeted that it had arrested some people for their roles in blocking roads, seizing transport vehicles, assaulting pedestrians, and committing vandalism against public and private property, including shops.

It also added that some of them deliberately robbed and set fire to shops, stressing that they would take the necessary legal measures against them.

In addition, pictures were published showing dozens of people blocking the road and obstructing the movement of vehicles in one of the Sultanate’s regions.

The Sultanate of Oman has announced the launch of many operational measures aiming at creating more than 32,000 new job opportunities this year.

According to the official news agency, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq also commanded that 2000 job possibilities in the government sector be created yesterday, Wednesday, as well as one million hours of part-time labor in government institutions in various sectors.

According to the Oman News Agency, the Ministry of Defense also announced yesterday that it will begin accepting applications from job seekers who match the requirements for recruiting and joining the armed services through advertising published by the Omani army, air force, navy, and other Ministry of Defense ministries.

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