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    Caracas Accuses Ecuador of Xenophobia Amid Crackdown on Venezuelan Migrants

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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry has accused neighbouring Ecuador of xenophobia after the Ecuadorian authorities launched a crackdown on Venezuelan migrants.

    Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno ordered setting up specialized units to control Venezuelan immigrants after a Venezuelan man killed his pregnant Ecuadorian girlfriend in the northern city of Ibarra.

    "President Moreno's official statement spurred a spiral of xenophobic violence against the Venezuelan migrant community in Ecuador," the ministry's statement read.

    READ MORE: Ecuador Extends State of Emergency Over Influx of Venezuela Migrants — Reports

    Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza also said on Twitter that Caracas intended to take action that might be available to it against Ecuador's xenophobic behavior.

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