International Aid Group IFRC Gets Access to Venezuela – Chief

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A picture shows vehicles offered to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Senegal by the government of Botswana to help the country fight against Ebola in Dakar on December 2, 2014 - Sputnik International
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GENEVA (Sputnik) - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) chief Francesco Rocca said the aid group had been granted unhindered access to Venezuela.

"The IFRC will be able to scale up health activities across the country in a manner that is independent, neutral, impartial and unhindered, reaching more vulnerable people," he told reporters in Caracas on Friday, as quoted in a published statement.

Rocca said this was a crucial step forward in expanding humanitarian services in Venezuela, with a focus on health. The effort will come on top of assistance provided by the Venezuela Red Cross.

"As we scale up our operations, we can count on the committed Venezuelan Red Cross volunteers to reach people in need, whoever they are and wherever they are, with health care as the priority," he stressed.

The local branch of the Red Cross runs a network of eight hospitals and 33 medical clinics, according to IFRC. It has over 2,600 volunteers working across the country, including 500 who deliver first aid.

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Earlier in March, Venezuela suffered its worst power outage in history, when as many as 20 states were left without electricity. Venezuela's national electricity supplier, Corpoelec, said that the incident was caused by an act of "sabotage" at the Guri hydroelectric power plant, which generates electricity for nearly all of the country.

Venezuelan security forces display a national flag next to a truck which was burnt during the weekend when trying to enter the country with humanitarian aid, during clashes with supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on the Venezuelan side of the Francisco de Paula Santander International Bridge, as seen from Cucuta, Colombia, on February 25, 2019. - Sputnik International
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Caracas has accused Washington of being behind the alleged attack on the power plant. The United States has, in turn, refuted the accusations.    

The situation in crisis-torn Venezuela escalated on January 23 when the opposition leader, Juan Guaido, declared himself interim president, disputing last year's re-election of Maduro. Guaido was almost immediately recognized by the United States and some other countries. Russia, China, Mexico, among other nations, voiced support for Maduro, who, in turn, accused Washington of orchestrating a coup.    

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