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More U.S. aid for Venezuela arrives in Cucuta

Staff Writer |
A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed on Saturday in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

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Speaking in Caracas to supporters who had volunteered to help with the aid effort, opposition leader Juan said he would announce details on Monday about how he planned to get aid into the country from Colombia, Brazil and Curacao despite Maduro’s opposition.

“We will organize ourselves into brigades,” Guaido said, calling on the military to allow the aid through. “The message we have to get through to the armed forces is that they have one week to do the right thing. Will you be on the side of your family and your people or of the usurper who keeps lying?”

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Saturday that the United States used military aircraft to send aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia because of the urgency of the humanitarian needs.

“It’s a message to Venezuela that we are supporting their humanitarian needs,” Shanahan told reporters, adding the aid was being transported by three C-17 aircraft.

The supplies, including hygiene kits and special products meant for children suffering malnutrition, are arriving from a U.S. Air Force base in Florida, the U.S. Embassy said in a statement.

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