Venezuelan Doctors Flood Border Bridge Pleading for Humanitarian U.S. Aid

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, talks with students in Caracas, Venezuela February 11, 2019.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido attends a meeting of students in Caracas today with his wife Fabiana Rosales after a United Nations adviser on judicial independence said the travel ban and asset freeze imposed on him do not respect legal standards.

The opposition says the USA -backed aid including food and medicine is needed due to Maduro's mishandling of the once-buoyant OPEC nation's economy, and they are working to get it delivered.

Guaido, who galvanized the opposition after several years of in-fighting, has vowed it will keep protesting to pressure Maduro to step down so new presidential elections can be held.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans had protested in the streets nationwide on Tuesday to demand that Maduro allow aid into the country, where food and medicine shortages are rife.

The South American country is grappling with a severe recession and hyperinflation while millions of citizens are lacking basic necessities.

Three million Venezuelans have fled the country since the economy collapsed in 2014.

USA supplies were among the first delivered to a collection point established in the Colombian border town of Cucuta.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has stated that he will not allow the delivery of American humanitarian aid to Venezuela, as the United States is thus trying to justify a military intervention, he told BBC in an interview on Tuesday.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed leader Juan Guaido is working to re-establish diplomatic relations with Israel and isn't ruling out placing his country's embassy in Jerusalem, according to an interview with an Israeli newspaper published Tuesday. The Venezuelan opposition reportedly hopes to continue contacts with China in order to discuss cooperation, including China's investment into Venezuelan oil industry.

He also announced a second collection point for the aid across the border in Brazil.

But Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino said the armed forces were deploying a "reinforced presence all along the border". However, Maduro has rejected the deliveries, declaring "We are not beggars", and Reuters reports that the United Nations and Red Cross have called for both sides not to politicize aid.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a telephone call on Tuesday evening that Washington should avoid any interference, including military, in Venezuela's internal affairs.

Speaking to AFP last week, Guaido refused to rule out asking for foreign intervention.

Breaking the unity of other major European countries, Italy's coalition government is divided over Venezuela. Let it come, the convoy of money, it's our money.

Two weeks ago, the regime-loyalist Supreme Court barred him from leaving the country and froze his assets.

Maduro, however, has denied there is a humanitarian crisis and blamed the economic problems on United States sanctions.

His foreign minister Jorge Arreaza, met with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday evening in NY.

Guaido, the National Assembly leader who surprised the world when he declared himself acting president on January 23 under constitutional provisions and said Maduro's presidency is "illegitimate" because of flawed elections.

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