Wednesday 21 August 2019

First shipment of humanitarian aid arrives in Venezuela

Empty water containers to be handed out with purification pills are lined up during the Red Cross' first aid shipment in Caracas, Venezuela
(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Empty water containers to be handed out with purification pills are lined up during the Red Cross' first aid shipment in Caracas, Venezuela (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Workers of Venezuelan Red Cross distribute humanitarian aid in the form of water containers and water purification pills in the Agua Salud neighbourhood in Caracas REUTERS/Manaure Quintero NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
A woman carries a water container and water purification pills distributed by workers of Venezuelan Red Cross REUTERS/Manaure Quintero NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
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THE first shipment of humanitarian aid from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has arrived in Venezuela.

The organisation confirmed that medicine and supplies to treat needy patients has landed in Caracas.

Images shared on social media showed workers in blue vests with the Red Cross emblem lowering boxes of aid from a plane.

The Red Cross announced in late March that it had obtained permission from officials to begin delivering assistance to the crisis-stricken country.

Workers of Venezuelan Red Cross distribute humanitarian aid in the form of water containers and water purification pills in the Agua Salud neighbourhood in Caracas
REUTERS/Manaure Quintero NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.
Workers of Venezuelan Red Cross distribute humanitarian aid in the form of water containers and water purification pills in the Agua Salud neighbourhood in Caracas REUTERS/Manaure Quintero NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

The delivery marks a recognition by President Nicolas Maduro that the South American nation is experiencing a humanitarian crisis, which he has long denied.

The opposition has made the aid delivery a key part of its campaign to oust the socialist leader.

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