Thursday 18 April, 2019

Doctors demand humanitarian aid be allowed into Venezuela

Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, holds his daughter Miranda while attending a Mass in a church in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, holds his daughter Miranda while attending a Mass in a church in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Venezuelan doctors are demanding their nation's military allow humanitarian aid into the country.

About two dozen doctors held a protest Sunday in Colombia in front of the entrance to a bridge that has been blocked by the Venezuelan military.

Aid including food and emergency medical supplies provided by the United States is sitting in a storage facility near the bridge.

Dr. Katia Diaz says every day that the aid sits waiting for transport into Venezuela is one more day in which patient lives are at risk.

Venezuela's opposition is pledging to get the assistance into the country but President Nicolas Maduro has vowed not to accept it.

Maduro contends the aid delivery is part of a larger U.S. intervention to remove him from power.

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