The first publicly announced shipment of Soviet supplies to Algerian refugees in Tunisia were unloaded from the Russian ship Fatezh Oct 24.
Russian ship Fatezh in port
Russian & Algerian officials
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Background: The first publicly announced shipment of Soviet supplies to Algerian refugees in Tunisia were unloaded from the Russian ship Fatezh Oct 24.
The unloading was supervised by the ship's master, Captain Sukrukho Mukhail, Serge Troubnikou, member of the USSR Central Trade Union Council which sent the supplies as a gift, and Rahmane Dekkar of the Algerian General workers' Union.
First news of the gift came in announcement by the USSR Central Trade Union Council in Moscow Oct. 16. It said relief supplies would include machine tools, tractors, cars and some farm machinery, food, machine and clothing.
The announcement said the Fatezh, registry and tonnage not disclosed, was then being loaded at Odessa, the Soviet Black Sea port. The announcement came shortly after a visit to Moscow of Fehrat Abbas, Premier of the "Algerian Provisional Government in exile" (FLN) with its headquarters in Tunis. Russia extended de facto recognition to it early this month.
Trud, the Soviet trade union newspaper, reporting the announcement to send aid to the refugees, said this shipment was not the first sent from the Soviet Union. Some supplies were sent earlier through the Soviet Red Cross. An official of the Trades Union Council was quoted as saying there were 200,000 Algerian refugees in Tunisia and Morocco.
The French Government, known to doubt the eventual destination of some gift supplies to Algerian refugees in Tunisia, put the number of Algerian "rebels" in Tunisia at 12,000.