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ALBANIA OFFERS PASSPORTS TO ASYLUM-SEEKERS AFTER 200 FLEE TO EMBASSIES

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Albania offered passports to asylum-seekers in at least one embassy after about 200 people sought refuge in foreign compounds from the hard-line communist regime, diplomatic officials said Wednesday.

The Albanian capital, Tirana, was an armed camp Wednesday after hundreds of people tried to enter embassies this week by crashing trucks through the facilities' fences or scaling their walls, said diplomats in the city.The diplomats, who requested anonymity, said at least three people were shot and wounded, the Austria Press Agency reported. Others were injured when they crashed trucks through the compound walls of the West German Embassy.

The Albanian government, led by Ramiz Alia, also said people were wounded, but it gave no figures.

In an apparent anti-government protest, a bomb was thrown at the Cuban Embassy late Tuesday, causing some damage but no injuries, the official Albanian news agency ATA reported Wednesday. Cuban leader Fidel Castro is the lone hard-line Communist holdout in the Western Hemisphere.

The unrest, which began Monday, is the worst reported in Albania in decades.