Authorities and citizens today pledged Kosovo’s support for helping Albania after earthquake which left at least eight people dead and hundreds injured. Kosovo is sending a search-and-rescue team. Dozens of Kosovo Army vehicles with specialised emergency teams have already entered Albania trying to help authorities in Tirana to cope with the aftermath of a 6.4-magnitude earthquake which hit the coastal town of Durres and caused damages also in capital Tirana and other Albanian towns. 

General Commander of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), Rrahman Rama, confirmed that the KSF has sent its search-and-rescue teams adding that if needed the KSF is ready to support Albania with additional troops and equipment. 

Vetevendosje leader and likely prime minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, said the tremors were felt also in Kosovo and expressed readiness of Kosovo to help Albania. “It was felt also in Kosovo. We all woke up. But now our eyes, ears and hear is with Durres, Kurbin and Thumana. Condolences to the family members of victims and swift recovery to all those injured. Let’s pray and hope that there will be no new earthquake. Kosovo felt Albania’s tremor and pain. We are ready to help official authorities there with everything we can,” Kurti wrote in Facebook.

Leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK), Kadri Veseli, expressed condolences to Albanian authorities after devastating earthquake on Tuesday morning.  “Our minds and hearts are with the families who lost their loved ones and with all citizens of Albania experiencing these difficult times. Kosovo will support Albania to jointly overcome this pain,” Veseli wrote in Facebook. Also citizens have launched initiative to gather food, clothes and other materials for the Albanian citizens hit by earthquake. /KosovoPress/

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