NEWS: DINGHY CARRYING 25 ALBANIANS SINKS IN THE ADRIATIC

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Tue, 27 Oct 1998 07:12:26 -0800 (PST)


DINGHY CARRYING 25 ALBANIANS SINKS IN THE ADRIATIC
Macedonian Press Agency, October 26, 1998

A dinghy carrying 25 Albanians who sought illegal entry to Italy caught
fire and sank after colliding with another Albanian small boat, off of the
Albanian coast.

The dinghy had set sail from Vlore and eight miles from the shore, near the
Sazani island, collided with another which was coming home after having
smuggled another group of Albanian refugees to Italy.

Four bodies have been recovered and identified so far, including that of a
baby, his 23-year-old mother, a 24-year-old woman and the dinghy's owner.

Six of the survivors were rescued by passing boats and are hospitalized at
the Vlore hospital.

Albania's Minister of Public Order Petro Koci arrived at the hospital while
the Ministry's announcement states that "the Albanian criminal
organizations in cooperation with Italian ones, continue in the most
inhumane manner to smuggle illegal immigrants and causing new tragedies.

The smuggling of immigrants is an indirect aid to national cleansing,
performed by the Serbs in Kossovo."


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