REFILE-UPDATE 1-Oman detained dozens during clashes -witnesses

Sun Apr 3, 2011 5:56am GMT

* Prosecutor says knives, teargas, water cannon used

* Sohar quiet on Saturday under clampdown

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MUSCAT, April 2 (Reuters) - Security forces detained between 50 and 60 protesters in clashes on Friday in the Omani industrial town of Sohar, witnesses said on Saturday.

The violence came three days after a crackdown to clear a Sohar roundabout where about 100 protesters had camped out.

"They arrested between 50 and 60 people (on Friday) who were throwing stones at the security forces, some as young as 17," one of the Sohar protesters, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said on Saturday.

Oman's general prosecutor said demonstrators had wielded knives and stones, and security forces responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Some of the protesters shot back at the security forces, he said in a statement carried by state media.

Witnesses said the crowds were dispersed by water cannon.   Continued...

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