Violence Erupts At Venezuelan Border After Single Truckload Of Humanitarian Aid Crosses Into Country

New York Times: With Aid Blocked at Border, What’s Next Move for Venezuela’s Opposition?
“As the humanitarian aid at the heart of a Venezuelan border standoff remained shut in warehouses on Sunday, and with President Nicolás Maduro’s blockade still intact, it became clear that the opposition leaders trying to oust him had little in the way of a Plan B. Juan Guaidó, the top opposition official, and his allies had hoped that forcing the badly needed food and medicine inside Venezuela would represent a moment of irreversible collapse in Mr. Maduro’s authority. Instead, just one aid truck made it through on Saturday, the deadline set by the opposition to end the impasse, and Mr. Maduro easily fended off the biggest challenge to his power since Mr. Guaidó swore himself in as the country’s rightful leader last month…” (Casey et al., 2/24).

Reuters: Malnourished Venezuelans hope urgently needed aid arrives soon
“…[M]any Venezuelans [are] suffering from malnutrition as the once-prosperous, oil-rich OPEC nation has seen its economy halve in size over the last five years under President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuelans’ diets have become ever more deficient in vitamins and protein, as currency controls restrict food imports and salaries fail to keep apace with inflation that is now above two million percent annually…” (Rawlins et al., 2/22).

U.N. News: Tensions escalate in Venezuela, civilians killed and injured: top U.N. officials lament excessive use of force by authorities
“As tensions escalated on Saturday at various points along Venezuela’s borders with Colombia and Brazil, as well as within the country itself, resulting in the death and injury of various civilians, the United Nations chief, António Guterres, and the head of the U.N. human rights office (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet, expressed their shock and appealed for calm…” (2/24).

Washington Post: U.S. lawmakers sound off during humanitarian aid standoff on Venezuelan border
“Supporters of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by the United States as interim president of Venezuela, and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro clashed on Saturday over the delivery of humanitarian aid into Venezuela. The Maduro government is refusing to allow $20 million of humanitarian relief promised by the United States into the country, and the standoff between the two sides has intensified. The role and rhetoric of U.S. lawmakers in the matter has also grown, with Republican and Democratic members of the House and Senate sounding off…” (Tamkin/Morello, 2/23).

Additional coverage of the situation in Venezuela is available from The Hill, IRIN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post (2).

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