Military planes head for Venezuela with aid
HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Florida (AP):
The US Air Force has begun flying tons of aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolás Maduro.
The first of three C-17 cargo planes took off yesterday from Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida and landed in the town of Cucuta. It’s a collection point for aid that’s supposed to be distributed by backers of Juan Guaido, the congressional leader who is recognised by the US as Venezuela’s legitimate president.
Previous aid shipments came on commercial planes.
Maduro has vowed to block the aid, which he calls unnecessary and illegal. He blames any hunger in the country on US restrictions and his domestic foes.
Saturday’s 180-ton shipment includes food or health packages for more than 25,000 people.