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Venezuelan Troops Block Aid Shipments

CARACAS – Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, warned the military of its responsibilities on Wednesday after soldiers blocked an important border bridge, angering the US to allow aid humanitarian mission desperately needed to enter the country, AFP reported Friday.
The Venezuelan army must choose between “a dictatorship that does not have an iota of humanity, or fall under the constitution” that gives it its legitimacy, said Guaido in an interview on Colombian radio.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Venezuelan army was deliberately blocking aid with trucks and containers “under Maduro’s orders”.
“The Maduro regime must allow help to reach the poor,” Pompeo said in a tweet.
Guaido says nearly 300,000 people risk dying if help is not provided, after years of economic crisis and shortages of staple foods and medicines.
Tank trucks and shipping containers were set up Tuesday night on the Tien ditas bridge, a key crossing point on the Colombian border.
The 35-year-old president of the National Assembly, who stunned Venezuelans when he declared himself president on 23rd January, is attempting to overthrow Maduro, set up a transitional government and hold new presidential elections.
He claimed the legitimacy of the constitution as the leader of the National Assembly on the grounds that the re-election of Maduro last May, boycotted by most opponents, was “illegitimate”.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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