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SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela — Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on a group of civilians attempting to keep open a segment of the southern border with Brazil for deliveries of humanitarian aid, leading to multiple injuries and the first fatality of a massive opposition operation meant to deliver international relief into this devastated South American country, according to eyewitnesses and community leaders.
At 6:30 a.m. on Friday, a military convoy approached a checkpoint set up by an indigenous community in the southern village of Kumarakapai, which rests on the main artery linking Venezuela to Brazil. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday ordered the closure of Venezuela’s border with Brazil.
The article goes on to state the following:
When the volunteers sought to block the military vehicles by standing in front of them, soldiers began firing assault rifles, wounding at least 12 people, four of them seriously. One woman, Zorayda Rodriguez, 42, was killed.
The Trump administration, which backs Maduro’s ouster, issued an immediate condemnation. “The United States condemns the killings, attacks, and the hundreds of arbitrary detentions that have taken place in Venezuela,” a State Department spokesperson said. “We stand with the victims’ families in demanding justice and accountability.”
Reports of 2 people now dead. This is not good. The international community must stand up for what is right.
— Trish Regan (@trish_regan) February 22, 2019
Shameful that Maduro’s callous orders to block humanitarian aid already has caused at least one death and multiple injuries. This violent oppression must end and human rights must be respected. #Venezuela https://t.co/o4W1Ft8juZ
— Mario Diaz-Balart (@MarioDB) February 22, 2019
WHEELS UP 🛫: Another plane transporting @USAID food & medical supplies is on its way to #Colombia, where we are pre-positioning aid for the people of #Venezuela #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/0bQq8cannG
— Mark Green (@USAIDMarkGreen) February 22, 2019
— Annette Taddeo (@Annette_Taddeo) February 22, 2019
Another Pemones tribesman has died of his injuries after being shot by the Venezuelan army, bringing he number of dead to 2. The Pemones were detaining General José Miguel Montoya although I don’t know if he’s still being detained#Venezuela #22F https://t.co/E0tRhy99aZ
— CNW (@ConflictsW) February 22, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) February 21, 2019
JUST IN: Woman killed, a dozen injured near Venezuela-Brazil border
— NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) February 22, 2019
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