Torch on Middle East Leg

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Muscat, Oman (AP) No disruptions are expected during today's Olympic torch run in Oman, on the southern end of the Arabian peninsula.

Authorities have promised a trouble-free relay through the streets of the capital city, Muscat. And they don't expect protests like those that have marred the torch relay in other countries.

Officials say any attempt to disrupt the run will be severely dealt with.

Dozens of police have been deployed on the streets ahead of the torch lighting ceremony today.

The flame is on a six-continent trek. Relay runs in Paris, London and san Francisco have been met with major disruptions as protesters demonstrated against China's human rights record. However, relays in Argentina and Tanzania went off without major incidents.

The torch moves on to Pakistan tonight.

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