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World - Europe

TV journalist shot by sniper near Albanian-Yugoslav border

May 27, 1999
Web posted at: 8:26 p.m. EDT (0026 GMT)

KUKES, Albania (CNN) -- A Chilean journalist working near the Albanian border with Yugoslavia was critically wounded by a sniper on Thursday.

Abner Machuca, 29, a sound technician for Chilean National TV, was conducting interviews at the Morina border crossing just inside Albania when he was hit in the head by the sniper's bullet.

Machuca, who arrived in Albania on Wednesday, was working on a story about news coverage of the war in Kosovo and the resulting refugee crisis.

After the shooting, he was driven by car to a refugee camp 10 miles (16 km) away, then evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Tirana where he was listed in critical condition and placed on a respirator -- the only one the hospital had.

The Committee to Protect Journalists was trying to make arrangements to have Machuca moved to Rome. Chilean National TV has been unable to reach doctors treating him.


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Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites:
  • Kosovo

Yugoslavia:
  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kosovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • United States Air Force
  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Relief:
  • World Relief
  • USA for UNHCR
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • The IOM Migration Web
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International


Media:
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis


Other:
  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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