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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

JULY 28, 1998, TINDOUF, SAHARA, ALGERIA, A SOLDIER:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

On December 2001, I received a non-anonymous email of a man reporting a UFO UFO experience.

This man explained that he looked for a website about UFOs, found mine and read testimonys that I published, and after some hesitation, he decided to relieve his mind about an event which changed his life and that he told about as follows:

While he was in the army, on July 28, 1998, at 01:00 a.m. within 5 kilometers of the town of Tindouf in the Algerian Sahara, with a comrade, he suddenly saw a light coming towards him.

The two men were quite afraid because they had gone downtown without asking permissions from their chief and probably initially thought that they were being sought for.

They thus hid behind a sand hillock, while the light approached right in front of them within 4.5 meters, the display appearing to them like some science fiction movie, imposing and beautiful.

For the witness, there was no doubt that it was a UFO, if only by its size of almost 9 meters. I was hovering 1.50 meters above ground-level, with a light with front and another at the back, different from other lights, which seemed to go down and project on the place in a "square" beam or a square section. It had also a light on the top and another below, both described as beautiful.

The craft also had "windows" with dark lights (obscured or darker?), and they did not hear any engine noise, only a sound compared to that of a simple ventilator.

The two men then fled, the witness looking back when he was at a distance of 30 meters from the UFO. He then saw that the UFO was stopped in front of a fill, and that a meager "thing" came out of it, that he could not see well, but it had a small bump on the head.

He then fled again running as fast as he could.

The witness specified that it was full moon and that the visibility was thus good. Neither him nor his friend had dared to tell their story, by fear to be perhaps considered crazy.

Case number: URECAT-000086
Date of event: July 28, 1998
Earliest report of event: December 11, 2001
Delay of report: 4 years
Witness reported via: Email to the author of this website.
First alleged record by: None.
First certain record by: The author of this website.
First alleged record type: None.
First certain record type: Email from witness.
This file created on: January 16, 2007
This file last updated on: January 16, 2007
Country of event: Algeria
State/Department: Territoires du Sud
Type of location: Open country
Lighting conditions: Night
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Yes
UFO departure observed: No
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: 1 (or 2)
Witnesses ages: Adults
Witnesses types: Soldiers.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Non distinct
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: One piece tight fitting
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Skinny.
Entities head: With a bump.
Entities eyes: Not seen.
Entities mouth: Not seen.
Entities nose: Not seen.
Entities feet: Not seen.
Entities arms: Not seen.
Entities fingers: Not seen.
Entities fingers number: Not seen.
Entities hair: Not seen.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Came out of UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed, fled.
Witness(es) feelings: Frightened.
Witness(es) interpretation: Extraterrestrial beings.
Explanation category: Extraterrestrial beings.
Explanation certainty: Low.

Narratives:

[Ref. te1:] WITNESS' EMAIL:

Date written: December 11, 2001
Date received: December 11, 2001
Date published: January 16, 2007
Date of sighting: July 28, 1998
Original language of report: Phonetic French
Reported using: e-mail
Unreleased information: Name, firstname, email address

Subject: ufos
Date: December 11, 2001
From: [firstname.name]@caramail.com

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hi

I looked at this website about UFOs, and I read all these testimonies ,and I hesitated initially but I really want to tell and get this out of my chest,that thing completely changed my life,and here's my story:I was in the Army,and on July 28, 1998 at 01:00 a.m. in a city called tindouf in the Algerian Sahara,and at 05 km from the city I was with a buddy and all of a sudden a light came at us,we were very frightened thinking our chief had thought we were going to town awol and that's why we hid behind a sand dune and the light approached just in front of us at almost 4.5 m and it was like in the science-fiction movie:oh my god the larger one was magnificent:a ufo of almost 09 meters with two lights one at the front and one at the back, and the latter light wasn't like the others, it goes straight down and it was squared that light and between the two lights windows with dark lights,we do hear its engine noise it's like the sound of a simple air conditioning fan,and it had two other lights one at the top and the other at the bottom and it was magnificent,it was 1.5m above the ground and this height there was no doubt it was a UFO.

Then we fled and while looking back at almost 30 meters and there was a full moon so there was a good visibility, I saw that the ufo had stopped in front of a dune and I saw a thing that came out of it, it was skinny and I did not see it very well but the most certain thing is that it had a small bump on its head,at this time I run away with my buddy as far as possible. and that's my story I never told it to anybody and my buddy didn't tell it,maybe we thought that if we tell this people would certainly think we're crazy,and if you need more details please write,thanks.

Points to consider:

Algerian people use arab, but for historical reasons, most people speak French although they do not necessarily write it. The witness thus wrote in phonetic French, and I rendered it in readable English. The original is of course in the French version of this page.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Ufology Severe January 16, 2007 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross No investigation is possible. - -

Evaluation:

Extraterrestrial visitors. No investigation.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:

Authoring

Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

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0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2007 Creation, [te1].
0.2 Patrick Gross January 16, 2007 First published.
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