WARSAW, JULY 4 -- Families of some East European diplomats were evacuated from the Albanian capital of Tirana today, and the Communist government of President Ramiz Alia was reported to be considering leadership changes after more than 200 Albanians stormed foreign embassies there on Monday.

Foreign residents described the atmosphere in the capital as "confused and tense" after three days of violence during which demonstrators faced down police gunfire to climb fences and pile into trucks that then rammed embassy gates in an attempt to escape the last hard-line Communist state in Eastern Europe.

The Turkish ambassador in Tirana, interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corp., said that gunshots had been heard early today but that by nightfall the city was calm, with security forces closely guarding all embassies. He said some asylum seekers had left legations following government assurances of safe passage out of the country.

Several demonstrators were shot during a melee Monday that apparently began after a demonstration, the cause of which has not been determined. A Greek diplomat said there were 205 asylum seekers in 12 embassies. The majority entered the embassies on Monday, but some had forced their way in earlier, including a group of Albanians in a truck that rammed through a gate at the Italian Embassy a week ago.

The Greek ambassador in Tirana reported that at least four people had been wounded by Albanian guards who shot at citizens to prevent them from reaching embassy compounds. He said he had counted at least 50 gunshots during disturbances on Monday.

A Greek Foreign Ministry official in Athens cited "rumors" that as many as 50 people had died after being shot by state guards as they tried to enter the embassies. There was no independent confirmation of any fatalities.

A spokesman for the Cuban Embassy in Albania confirmed that it was hit by a homemade bomb on Tuesday night, causing no injuries. The Turkish ambassador told the BBC that the bomb was believed to be a protest at the Cubans' refusal to take in asylum seekers.

Albania, with a population of 3.2 million, is one of the most isolated countries in Europe. This spring, it embarked on a cautious program of political and economic change after decades of Stalinist orthodoxy. Those changes have included the right to free travel, and to practice religion, banned since 1967.

The government announced the shifts two days before a visit in May by U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar. The Alia regime, anxious to end Albania's economic isolation, has been trying to improve the country's widely criticized human rights record in order to win access to European organizations.

But many of the changes announced in May have been blocked by opponents of reform inside the government.

The Albanian news agency on Tuesday broke with a long tradition of censorship by informing Albanians of the storming of the embassies. Western diplomats said the moves are likely to increase tension between the government's reformists, led by Alia, and hard-liners led by the defense minister and Nexhmije Hoxha, the widow of Enver Hoxha, longtime Albanian dictator and founder of the Albanian communist state after World War II. Alia rose to power after Hoxha's death in 1985.

After tense negotiations Tuesday night between the Albanian government and foreign diplomats, the diplomatic community in Tirana today reportedly appointed the Yugoslav ambassador as its representative to meet with Albanian authorities to discuss the plight of scores of Albanians who have sought refuge in the embassy compounds of West Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Turkey, China and Hungary, among others.

The Czechoslovak news agency reported that a plane had been sent to evacuate the dependents of its diplomats, and said Polish and East German citizens also were likely to be on the same plane.

West Germany was sending a planeload of supplies for 86 persons seeking refuge in that country's embassy.

There were conflicting reports about the Albanian government's intentions toward the asylum seekers.

The Hungarian state news agency reported that Albanian authorities had promised that demonstrators in embassies would be given passports and guaranteed safe passage once they left the compounds. But a spokesman for West Germany's Foreign Ministry said a note delivered by Albanian authorities to its embassy made no specific promises.

The Hungarian news agency said the Albanian Foreign Ministry had asked officials of Italy, Greece and Hungary to tell refugees that Albania would honor a recent travel law giving adult citizens the right to a passport and to travel abroad.

In Paris, Western diplomats were quoted as saying the Albanian government was considering issuing more than 10,000 visas and passports in an attempt to reduce discontent, especially among the young. About 6,000 passports have been issued since May, but with a shortage of hard currency, few young Albanians have been able to take advantage of the eased travel rules.

Albanian state television referred to the storming of the embassies as "acts of some hooligans in Tirana." It called the bomb attack at the Cuban Embassy an "ugly act {which} cannot but arouse indignation and cause anger in our people, who find in it direct links with the events . . . outside the foreign embassies in the capital."

A Western diplomat was quoted by Reuter saying Albania might agree to allow the asylum seekers to leave the country in a bid to alleviate tensions caused by high unemployment.

The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug quoted "well-informed" but anonymous sources saying Albania would carry out urgent changes in its leadership and secret police. The agency reported that the Central Committee of the Communist Party would meet to discuss the changes.

While the spectacle of refugees in embassy compounds evoked the East German exodus last fall that sped the downfall of Communist governments in much of the East Bloc, it was not clear that the Albanian Communists are yet, as one British newspaper put it today, on the "slippery slope."

Washington Post special correspondent Carol Reed in Athens contributed to this story.