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Sad news coming out of Venezuela today as troops fired on civilians who were trying to keep the border open to get aid.

12 injured, and two dead as troops opened fire in a small village. Maduro is trying to block aid being sent by the United States, but Guaido says he will bring it to the people on Saturday.

The Russian government has accused the United States of trying to send aid as an excuse to use military action against Muduro’s regime.

Troops arrived at a checkpoint set up by an indigenous community in Kumarakapai, on Venezuela’s southern border with Brazil early this morning.

But when civilians tried to block a convoy of tanks, soldiers opened fire killing two people including a woman named as Zorayda Rodriguez, 42, and wounding 12 others. 

Gran Sabana Mayor Emilio Gonzalez said soldiers fired rubber bullets and tear gas and the injured people were taken for medical treatment.

But pictures and video footage taken by a Brazilian journalist appears to show bullet casings taken from the scene along with medics treating people covered in blood from wounds to their legs. 

The villagers are believed to have been trying to keep open a section of the border so that aid could be moved into the area from Brazil. President Nicolas Maduro ordered the frontier with the country shut yesterday and is now considering shutting the border with Colombia.  

You can read more from our friends at The Daily Mail.

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