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USAID: 191 tons of aid sent to Venezuela border

AP , Friday 22 Feb 2019
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The Trump administration says it's sent nearly 200 metric tons of humanitarian assistance over the past two weeks to the Colombian-Venezuelan border for distribution inside Venezuela.

The US Agency for International Development says Friday that about 191 tons of relief supplies have been delivered to a depot in Cucuta, Colombia since Feb. 4. That includes food for 2,000 people for a month and medical material such as hygiene kits, wheelchairs, crutches, bandages and examination gloves.

The aid is part of a $20 million package the administration announced last month after it recognized National Assembly head Juan Guaido as Venezuela's legitimate leader and demanded that President Nicolas Maduro step down.

Maduro has ordered the borders with Colombia and Brazil closed as the opposition makes plans to bring the assistance in.

Officials in Venezuela say a woman has been killed and a dozen more injured in a clash with security forces on the border with Brazil.

Gran Sabana Mayor Emilio Gonzalez identified the woman shot dead Friday as Zoraida Rodriguez, a member of an indigenous community.

A day earlier, President Nicolas Maduro ordered the border closed as the opposition made plans to bring in humanitarian aid from Brazil and two other neighboring countries on Saturday.

Gonzalez says members of the Pemon ethnic group clashed with the Venezuela National Guard and army, who were moving tanks to the border with Brazil.

He says the soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas and the injured people were taken for medical treatment.

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