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Venezuela crisis: Border with Colombia reopens after four months

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Tens of thousands of people crossed the border with Venezuela and Colombia after it reopened for the first time in four months.  The crossing was closed in February at President Nicolás Maduro’s request as opposition leader Juan Guaidó prepared to bring in US-backed humanitarian aid.

The country has faced shortages of basic supplies as a result of a severe years-long economic crisis.  More than four million people have fled Venezuela since 2015.

According to Colombia’s foreign ministry, more than 30 thousand Venezuelans arrived on Saturday, with almost 37 thousand leaving by the end of the day.

The borders with Colombia, Brazil and Dutch Antilles islands were all closed earlier this year after the opposition organised the delivery of foreign aid, which was denounced by Mr Maduro as part of an effort to remove him.

Last month, Mr Maduro announced the reopening of the border with Brazil and the island of Aruba, but Aruban authorities said the border would remain closed.

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