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Venezuela crisis: Colombia border points closed instead of support stand-off

Media playback not supported on your device Media script Battle of the concerts Venezuela has said that the border with Colombia has been partially closed, shortly after opposition leader Juan Guaidó defies a travel ban to cross Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted to say "total temporary closure" was due to serious threats to the country's sovereignty and security. Tensions have risen over a series of humanitarian aid delivery. ] Two people were killed by Venezuelan security forces on Saturday near the border with Brazil. Violence has been convicted by the White House, which was repeated in a statement that "the world is watching". Should Branson go back from Venezuela? Foreign aid: Real help or Trojan horse? Guaidó, leader of the country's opposition-dominated national assembly, declared the country's interim leader last month. Since then, he has been supported by dozens of nations, including the United States. He claims that the rule of Nicolas Maduro is constitutionally illegal because his re-election in 201 8 was inadequate and has promised to monitor new elections. What happened on Friday? Hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid have become a flashpoint between Guaidó and President Maduro. President Maduro has so far refused to allow stock, including food and medicine, to cross [19659000] Guaidó, who asked for his collection, has promised that hundreds of thousands of volunteers will help bring it in on Saturday. Image copyrightReuters CaptionGuaidó (center) together with Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (left) and Paraguayan president Mario Abdo Benitez (right) at a Cucuta aid warehouse…

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Venezuela has said that the border with Colombia has been partially closed, shortly after opposition leader Juan Guaidó defies a travel ban to cross

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez tweeted to say “total temporary closure” was due to serious threats to the country’s sovereignty and security.

Tensions have risen over a series of humanitarian aid delivery.

] Two people were killed by Venezuelan security forces on Saturday near the border with Brazil.

Violence has been convicted by the White House, which was repeated in a statement that “the world is watching”.

  • Should Branson go back from Venezuela?
  • Foreign aid: Real help or Trojan horse?

Guaidó, leader of the country’s opposition-dominated national assembly, declared the country’s interim leader last month.

Since then, he has been supported by dozens of nations, including the United States.

He claims that the rule of Nicolas Maduro is constitutionally illegal because his re-election in 201

8 was inadequate and has promised to monitor new elections.

What happened on Friday?

Hundreds of tons of humanitarian aid have become a flashpoint between Guaidó and President Maduro.

President Maduro has so far refused to allow stock, including food and medicine, to cross [19659000] Guaidó, who asked for his collection, has promised that hundreds of thousands of volunteers will help bring it in on Saturday.

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Guaidó (center) together with Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera (left) and Paraguayan president Mario Abdo Benitez (right) at a Cucuta aid warehouse

On Friday, rival concerts were held on the issue only 300m apart on both sides of the border between Venezuela and Colombia.

Guaidó unexpectedly turned to Venezuela Aid Live in Cucuta, organized by British businessman Richard Branson, on Friday.

He was greeted there by Presidents Colombia, Chile and Paraguay – three of the nations that have recognized the 35-year-old legislature as interim president.

He claimed that he could cross on Friday with the help of Venezuelan armed forces. The requirement is important because President Nicolás Maduro has retained power largely because of his military support.

Hours after its appearance, the announcement of the closure of bridges was made in the Tachira state.

It follows a similar announcement made on Thursday on closing the border with Brazil – where another collection of aid was raised.

Violent conflicts broke out there on Friday morning after members of a domestic society confronted with Venezuelan troops the southern village of Kumarakapay.

Witnesses said that troops opened fire on people trying to block a road to prevent military vehicles from passing.

Human campaigns said soldiers shot and killed two people and injured 15 others.

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An ambulance photographed responded to violent conflicts near the border with Brazil

A spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he had a meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on Friday in New York, where he urged the authorities to refrain from using lethal force against protesters.

Why is the support dispute disputed?

Economic conditions have deteriorated rapidly since President Maduro took power in 2013.

The United Nations says three million people have fled the country in recent years.

Hyperinflation has caused the cost of essential to float and leaves many can not afford the basics like food and medicine.

Guaidó has said that the support deliveries are necessary to stop the Venezuelan dying. He has promised to get his supporters to mobilize a lot to get it started on Saturday.

“Deep insecure” day ahead

Analysis by Katy Watson, BBC News South America correspondent

This is the day Venezuela’s opposition has been waiting for. One day that will test the loyalty of the country’s armed forces against Nicolas Maduro and determine his future.

Trucks loaded with help are expected to leave both Colombia and Brazil and try to cross the border. A ship carrying help also travels from Puerto Rico.

In Venezuela, people gather in military barracks to ask soldiers for help in aid.

So far, senior executives have been loyal to Maduro – but with a push on them to help the Venezuelan people, will they listen to their leaders or change sides, support Juan Guaido and open the borders? These coming days are deeply uncertain.

President Maduro denies that there is any crisis and has labeled aid plans a US-orchestrated show.

Practitioners at their rival concert on Friday were performed in front of a background that said #TrumpHandsoffVenezuela, reports AFP’s news agency.

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The US president has led the effort to recognize Guaidó as president and has imposed financial sanctions to put pressure on President Maduro’s government.

At a speech earlier this week, he urged the Venezuelan military to change sides and hand over their support from the president.

He has repeatedly repeated that “all options are open” to the US response to the developed crisis.

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