Venezuelan soldiers set fire to aid convoys as troops fire tear gas at protesters on Colombia border.
Opponents of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro braved tear gas as they tried to rescued boxes of emergency food and medicine from burning trucks during the violent clashes on the Colombian border with security forces blocking the entry of U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid, according to CBC.
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Venezuelan troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro set fire to convoys of humanitarian aid on Saturday night, burning the desperately-needed supplies as they crossed into the country.
Volunteers working for Juan Guaido, the self-declared interim president, frantically tried to salvage the medical supplies and emergency rations before they went up in flames.
The blaze, which sent acrid smoke up into the sky and filled the air with sickly smells mingled with tear gas, was reportedly ignited by tear gas canisters, fired from the Venezuelan side, although the facts remained unclear.
Gaby Arellano, the opposition deputy chosen by Mr Guaido to lead the convoy across the Francisco de Paula Santander bridge – one of four bridges linking the Colombian town of Cucuta with Venezuelan communities on the other side – told The Telegraph that they tried to get five lorries of aid across.
Two were burnt to a cinder. Two were stolen by Mr Maduro’s forces. One returned, she said – and as she spoke shots rang out across the valley, as volleys of tear gas were fired, sending the crowds running. The sound of gun shots could also be heard in the distance. More
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