Venezuela to distribute food to poor Colombians amid aid tension

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio visits the Colombia Venezuela border at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio visits the Colombia Venezuela border at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta

He also said the organization of American states and the Colombian government - along with the US - stand together with the people of Venezuela. ICRS was echoed by United Nations spokesman Stephen Dujarric who said earlier this month that humanitarian action related to Venezuela should be independent of political or military goals.

The incident on Sunday is the latest point of tension between the global community and Mr Maduro, who is in the grip of a power struggle with Mr Guaido, the head of the National Assembly who proclaimed himself interim president last month. The president spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, about 65 miles north of Miami.

Sanders said Trump would warn the Venezuelan armed forces that they "have a clear choice: work toward democracy for their future and the future of their families, or they will lose everything they have".

Elliott Abrams, the USA envoy to Venezuela, told Congress this month "the current political and economic environment is unsustainable and [Maduro] will not be able to weather it much longer". South Florida is home to more than 100,000 Venezuelans and Venezuelan-Americans, the largest concentration in the country. The U.S. Treasury said it would consider lifting sanctions if steps are taken to "restore democratic order".

Venezuela is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis and Guaido says 300,000 people could die without the aid.

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Senator Marco Rubio traveled to the Colombia-Venezuela border on Sunday to visit aid facilities as cargoes with humanitarian resources arrive, aiming to put additional pressure on the Nicolas Maduro administration.

But Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for crowds to converge on the border to collect the aid.

Yorger Maita, a helper from the aid group Rescate Venezuela, said that if foreign aid doesn't enter "other people will continue to die".

"Whoever prevents the entry of humanitarian aid is condemned to spend the rest of their lives fleeing global justice, because that is an worldwide crime", Mr Rubio said in Spanish.

Venezuela suffers from shortages of food medicine and other daily necessities and also has the worst inflation rate in the world.

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