Thousands of Venezuelans cross Colombian border for food, medicine

Thousands of Venezuelans crossed the border to Colombia on Saturday after the shared frontier was reopened partially for the first time in nearly a year.

Venezuelans crossed the border by foot, mostly to buy food and medicine, the government of the Colombian department Norte de Santander said Saturday via Twitter.

Shortages of food and consumer goods caused by Venezuela's spiralling economic crisis have in recent weeks driven tens of thousands of Venezuelans to defy the closure and cross the border to buy supplies in Colombia.

In response to demand, both countries have recently opened single border posts for short periods to allow commerce.

Venezuela closed the border August 19, 2015, after an attack by an armed group wounded three Venezuelan soldiers investigating smuggling gangs.

Last update: Sat, 13/08/2016 - 19:05
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