Oman health minister puts death toll from clashes at one

MUSCAT Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:43am EST

MUSCAT Feb 28 (Reuters) - Clashes between police and protesters killed only one person in an industrial port town on Sunday, Oman's health minister told Reuters on Monday, disputing a report that six people had died.

"It is only one," Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Saidi said, adding that 20 people were wounded. He said police used rubber bullets, not live ammunition as some witnesses have said.

An emergency room doctor at Sohar's main state hospital had said that six people had died. (Writing by Cynthia Johnston)