Apr 8, 2021 - World

Venezuela military campaign displaces thousands

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Venezuela has launched an unexpected assault near its border with Colombia, presumably to attack armed groups and dissident guerrillas that push drugs and contraband in the area, but civilians have been forced to flee and some have reportedly been killed.

The big picture: The sudden military strikes in Apure state come after years of President Nicolás Maduro’s regime being hands-off in the border region

Why it matters: Millions of Venezuelans have left their country in recent years due to unprecedented levels of hunger, hyperinflation and political uncertainty.

Venezuela Vice President Delcy Rodríguez recently claimed the actions against the armed groups are in response to supposed U.S. meddling. “Narcoterrorists are carrying out imperial plans,” he said.

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