Monday, July 11, 2016

Venezuela Opens Its Borders For 12 Hours For Its Citizens To Cross Into Colombia To Buy Food And Medicines

Al Jazeera: Thousands of Venezuelans pour into Colombia to buy food

Tens of thousands cross into Colombia after border opens briefly for the first time in nearly a year.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have poured across into neighbouring Colombia to buy basic goods amid shortages at home, during a brief opening of the border that has been closed for almost a year.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro closed the border in August 2015, citing smuggling and penetration by Colombian fighters. On Sunday, he authorised a 12-hour opening of the pedestrian bridge that connects Tachira, in Venezuela, and Cucuta, in Colombia, for the first time in 11 months.

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WNU Editor: Venezuela has closed the border again, but I suspect that the next time this happens the numbers will be even greater.

More News On Venezuela Opening Its Borders To Colombia

Venezuelans cross into Colombia to buy food -- BBC
35,000 Venezuelans cross into Colombia to buy food, medicine -- UPI
25,000 Venezuelans cross into Colombia as border reopens -- DW
Venezuelans Stream Into Colombia to Buy Food, Medicine -- VOA
In just 12 hours, more than 35K Venezuelans cross Colombian border to buy food, medicine -- FOX News/EFE
Thousands of Venezuelans cross temporary open border into Colombia to buy food -- IBTimes

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