One person has been killed and 12 are injured after Venezuelan troops opened fire on civilians trying to keep a border checkpoint open for aid deliveries.
Troops arrived at a checkpoint set up by an indigenous community in Kumarakapai, on Venezuela’s southern border with Brazil early this morning.
But when civilians tried to block a convoy of tanks, soldiers opened fire shooting 12 and killing a woman named as Zorayda Rodriguez, 42. Gran Sabana Mayor Emilio Gonzalez said soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas and the injured people were taken for medical treatment.
The villagers are believed to have been trying to keep open a section of the border so that aid could be moved into the area from Brazil.
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