Police and rioters clashed in the main Albanian port of Durres, leaving many people wounded in violence sparked by rumors of free passage out of the country on Italian ships, official news reports say.

The reports said police arrested 42 young people in the violence that occurred in the Adriatic coastal town on Saturday.The incident was the first known outbreak of serious unrest in the tiny communist-ruled Balkan state of 3.2 million since mid-December, when anti-government riots rocked a number of large towns, including Durres.