Political Unrest in the Middle East Spreads to Oman
Oman, typically a peaceful country, was rocked by protests that swept through the Middle East in early 2011. In late February, protesters took to the streets of Sohar, in the northeast, and demanded higher salaries, more employment opportunities, and political reform. Police moved in and fired rubber bullets at the demonstrators, reportedly killing two people. After the violence, Sultan Qabus promised to create 50,000 jobs and offered each person seeking employment about $390 per month.