Albanian Daily News
Boats with 200 illegal immigrants turned back

Apl 05, 2000

DURRES - Seven dinghies with Albanian illegal emigrants on board have been turned back on Monday near gulf of Vlora, while another one has been turned back near the shore of Lecce in southern Italy, police sources reported on Tuesday. Sources of the operative board close to the Italian-Albanian coast guarding mission, said that seven dinghies with about 200 illegal immigrants on board were detected by the Italian forces of financial police (Guardia di Finanza), deployed in the port Durres and their colleagues on Italian shores of San Cataldo, near Lecce.

The traffic of illegal immigrants has resumed a week ago due to good weather conditions. Sources near the Italian-Albanian mission reported that 14 speedboats have left the Albanian coast during this period heading to Italy, but they were turned back by reinforced police patrols.

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