Venezuela Military Uses Barricade to Stop Aid From Opposition

One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aid would be prepositioned at the main Colombian-Venezuelan border crossing at Cucuta.

People cross into Venezuela over the Simon Bolivar worldwide bridge in Cucuta, Colombia February 4, 2019.

Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nestor Francisco Popolizio Bardales (L), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) and Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland applaud after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Gauido made a statement via video to the 10th Lima Group in Ottawa, Ontario, February 4, 2019.

Franklin Graham, chief executive of relief group Samaritan's Purse and the son of renowned Christian evangelist Billy Graham, said until humanitarian groups had access inside Venezuela, most aid likely would remain outside.

Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday said it would use a US -based fund to receive some of the country's oil income in a key step to bankroll its efforts to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro. "Meanwhile, they are physically blocking the Venezuelan people, including the military rank and file, from receiving humanitarian assistance". Why should the European Union be giving ultimatums to a country?,' he said in an interview with Spanish television broadcast late on Sunday. "I'm pleased to inform the Venezuelan people that this transaction has until now been halted, protecting the resources of all Venezuelans", Paparoni said. No details have been released on exactly how the opposition plans to get the shipments into Venezuela.

The US is sending food and medical supplies to Colombia's border with Venezuela where it will be stockpiled until it can be delivered to the economically shattered nation, US officials say. He accused the opposition of taking orders from the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded deliveries be let through to "reach the starving people".

Portugal-based Novo Banco halted the $1.2 billion transfer of Venezuelan government financial assets to Uruguayan banks, legislator Carlos Paparoni said during a congressional session, a day after Guaido said authorities were trying to move funds. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

In a declaration, the group urged the Venezuelan military to support Guaidó.

"I anticipate having perhaps a dozen locations all around Venezuela where such aid will be staged", the official said.

Major opposition forces in Venezuela boycotted the presidential race amid allegations of irregularities.

"We condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair", Trump said.

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