Muscat: A number of citizens have been arrested for violating wildlife laws and hunting mountain gazelles.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs referred the violators to the public prosecution after confiscating the gazelles and arms used in the poaching.
The arrests were made by Wildlife Protection units in the ministry in co-ordination with the Royal Oman Police and Environment Conservation Office of the Royal Court.
The ministry called upon citizens as well as residents in Oman not to violate the laws on wildlife and nature reserves.
There have been several reports of poaching gazelles in Oman despite warnings from the authorities.
Hunting or smuggling of gazelles, Oryx and deer from nature reserves is a crime punishable by five years behind bars and a fine of OR5,000, according to Oman Observer.