Red Cross announced sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies announced to be sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela and initially to help about 650,000 people in the country who are suffering from lack of medicine and food.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido called it as a victory and defeat for embattled President Nicolas Maduo saying, “The dictator will want to disguise his defeat, but we continue firm in our route and will move forward until the end of the usurpation. That is the great task that befalls us all.”

Last month Maduro blocked US-backed aid convoys, which was led by Guaido, from entering the country. He regarded the move as a veiled US invasion.

IFRC head Francesco Rocca said Friday in Caracas the organization will be ready in about fifteen days to offer help and it will be acting with impartiality and neutrality with no interference.

The Maduro government has not yet released any official statement but BBC’s Will Grant said the move is a consequence of US-backed economic war.

Meanwhile, Washington welcomed the announcement.

Both the leaders in Venezuela are in conflict claiming to be the constitutional president. Following Guaido’s self-declaration as legitimate leader of the country, his assets were frozen and travel ban was placed on him.

The Maduro government has not yet released any official statement but BBC’s Will Grant said the move is a consequence of US-backed economic war.

Last month the head of opposition-controlled National Assembly defied the ban by touring Latin American countries seeking support from the governments in putting further pressure on Maduro to step down.

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