Venezuela’s Guaidó mobilizes supporters to bring in aid

Feb 13, 2019, 4:33 AM EST
(Source: Fábio Cavalcanti Ferreira/flickr)
(Source: Fábio Cavalcanti Ferreira/flickr)

Addressing a rally in the capital Caracas, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó said he would ensure new collection points and routes are set up to let in humanitarian aid blocked by President Nicolás Maduro.

Drastic shortages of food, spurred by an economic crisis, haven’t kept a defiant Maduro from blocking U.S. humanitarian aid into the country, notes the BBC. Aid trucks have been stuck at the Colombian border city of Cúcuta for over a week now, after the president’s troops stopped them at the Tienditas bridge.

Guaidó has called on volunteers, who have signed up online for his campaign, to come out in huge numbers and head toward a point in the Brazilian state of Roraima, on Venezuela's southeastern border, where a second aid storage hub could be established.

Guaidó, who has been recognized as the interim president of Venezuela by the U.S. and many other Western states, also made diplomatic overtures to Israel, saying that the process of restoring ties with the Middle East nation is under way and an ambassador could be appointed soon, reports Al Jazeera.