Venezuela opens border with Colombia for second time

    Venezuela opens border with Colombia for second time

    July 17, Caracas: Venezuela has re-opened its border with Colombia for the second time this month to allow people to cross over to shop for basic foods and medicines, reports said.

    The border was closed by President Nicolas Maduro a year ago to fight cross-border crime. He ordered the border to be closed in August 2015 after former Colombian paramilitaries attacked a Venezuelan military patrol and wounded three soldiers.

    Last week 35,000 crossed over for the first time since the border was closed last year. At least that many had entered Colombia on Saturday, officials said.

    Many basic goods are in short supply in Venezuela because of a severe economic crisis in the country.

    The border across a pedestrian bridge connecting Tachira in Venezuela and Cucuta in Colombia opened a day earlier than authorities from both countries had previously announced.

    It was expected to stay open into Sunday.

    Venezuela has suffered severe shortages for months as a result of the falling price of oil which is the country's prime source of income. Many supermarket have empty shelves and Venezuelans spend days in queues to buy basic goods, BBC reported.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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