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First shipment of Red Cross humanitarian aid arrives in Venezuela

First shipment of Red Cross humanitarian aid arrives in Venezuela

A Venezuelan President announced the arrival of the first shipment of humanitarian aid from the Red Cross, CGTN reported. On Tuesday, the humanitarian aid from the international community has started to support vulnerable people in the country.

The International Red Cross’s aid aimed at alleviating Venezuela’s economic crisis, Nicolas Maduro wrote on his Twitter.

“The International Red Cross today delivered its first batch of support for Venezuela, together with the revolutionary government that I lead, and it was received in a legal and orderly way, complying with international protocols,” Venezuelan national leader added in his televised speech.

According to the Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the arrival of the humanitarian aid is a great step forward to support vulnerable Venezuelans.

The humanitarian aid arrived via plane from Panama, it included 5,000 liters of distilled litres, three surgery equipment kits capable of serving 10,000 patients each, as well as 14 power generators.

Venezuela’s Health Minister Carlos Alvarado blamed the shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine to U.S. sanctions. Due to the socio-economic crisis in Venezuela, the humanitarian aid’s issue shouldn’t be politicized, said the head of the Red Cross in Venezuela. The fundamental principles of neutrality, impartiality and independence will be used during the distribution of humanitarian aid.

“Our mandate is to help save lives,” head of the Red Cross in Venezuela said.

Some 30 trucks moved the supplies from the Maiquetia airport to a Venezuelan Red Cross collection center in Caracas, while some 3,100 volunteers will take part in the distribution of the supplies that arrived from Panama.

The supply will be distributed amongst eight hospitals and 30 outpatient clinics, it should help to ease the complicated status of the Latin American state.