At least 335 people have been injured during clashes between law enforcement officers and protesters on Venezuela's borders with Colombia and Brazil on 23 February, Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro said, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
Speaking at a press conference in Colombia, Almagro said that about 285 people have suffered injuries in clashes near the Santander and Simon Bolivar bridges, connecting Venezuela with Colombia and temporarily closed on 22 February by Caracas; and around 50 others were injured near the city of Santa Elena de Uairen, located close to the Brazilian border.
Prior to that, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said that most of the injured had been affected by the use of tear gas.
On 23 February, the Venezuelan opposition, led by self-proclaimed Venezuelan acting president Juan Guaido, tried to ensure deliveries of foreign humanitarian aidto Venezuela from hubs in the two neighbouring countries, despite the fact that the assistance has been categorically rejected by legitimate Venezuelan authorities.
Amid Saturday's attempts to force unauthorised aid deliveries into the country, Caracas severed diplomatic and political relations with Bogota.