Venezue­lan doc­tors protest holdup of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid

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CU­CUTA, Colom­bia — Venezue­lan doc­tors protested Sun­day at the en­trance to a bridge blocked by their na­tion’s mil­i­tary to de­mand that hu­man­i­tar­ian aid be al­lowed to en­ter, as op­po­si­tion leader Juan Guaido ac­knowl­edged the con­flict over the food and med­i­cal sup­plies could lead to clashes.

Car­ry­ing a gi­ant Venezue­lan flag, about two dozen doc­tors in white coats called on the mil­i­tary to re­move a tanker and two cargo con­tain­ers block­ing the Tien­di­tas In­ter­na­tional Bridge where hu­man­i­tar­ian aid pro­vided by the United States is be­ing stored.

The doc­tors protested on the Colom­bia side of the bor­der.

Dr. Ka­tia Diaz, a psy­chi­a­trist, said that each day aid sits wait­ing for trans­port rep­re­sents one more day in which pa­tient lives are at risk.

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