Meanwhile, the number of people who have been killed in clashes during nationwide protests in Venezuela has increased to 16, local media reported.
According to the media outlet La Prensa de Lara, 16 people were killed in clashes in the Venezuelan states of Portuguesa, Barinas, Tachira, Caracas, Amazonas, and Bolivar.
Several Twitter accounts reported explosions in the eastern part of Venezuela's capital.
#ExtraExtra: REPORTAN SITUACIÓN irregular en Palo Verde, zona cercana a Petare, en el este de Caracas. Se habla de presunta detonación de granada y fuerte enfrentamiento con cuerpos de seguridad. #NoticiaEnDesarrollo pic.twitter.com/pWOPtMk6Ea— El Pregonero (@LKNoticias) January 24, 2019
Another user posted footage allegedly capturing gunfire during the protests in Caracas.
Comenzó el tiroteo en petare Caracas hoy le tocó a los barrios del este de la ciudad, Conas por todos lados pic.twitter.com/aM4rcyTtWy— JuanCarlosFranco (@Francojuanky) January 24, 2019
10:40 pm el amparo Caracas, enfrentamientos y detonaciones reportan vencinos pic.twitter.com/xAI67xXyYX— JuanCarlosFranco (@Francojuanky) January 24, 2019
Further footage shows people walking down the streets with loud claps heard in the background.
Petare— Tugomir Yepez Sarmiento.•. (@tugomiryepez) January 24, 2019
Several videos posted online pictured the protesters capturing a truck that allegedly belongs to to the country's national police in the west of the Venezuelan capital Caracas and setting it on fire.
"The group of screaming men came out of the truck of the national [police] after serious clashes on the streets", the eyewitness said.
Continúan disturbios en San Martin Caracas intentan voltear camión pic.twitter.com/ODhjKQOeKZ— JuanCarlosFranco (@Francojuanky) January 24, 2019
On Wednesday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the country's interim president at a mass rally in Caracas. The United States urged Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to step down in favour of Guaido. Maduro called the opposition leader "the US puppet" and said that Venezuela was severing diplomatic ties with Washington. Guaido previously called for a nationwide anti-government protest on January 23, which marks the 61st anniversary of the uprising that overthrew military dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez. Supporters of Maduro held a separate rally on the same day.