1997 in Albania - Opening of The Depots

The Opening of the depots (Albanian: Hapja e depove) was the opening of the weapon depots in the north, for the protecting against the violence of the south. The decision was taken by Sali Berisha.

When in southern Albania the army bases were looted, it was estimated that, on average, every male from the age of ten upwards possessed at least one ļ¬rearm and ample ammunition. In order to protect the civilians in the north and central Albania, the government allowed the opening of the depots for the population of those areas too.

During the rebellion 656,000 weapons of various types, along with 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition, 3.5 million hand grenades, and 1 million land mines were looted from army depots.

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