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Red Cross grants access to help in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela – The International Federation of the Red Cross announced Friday that it had received permission from the Venezuelan government and opposition to launch a relief campaign in the country.

The announcement was made for the first tacit recognition of the government of President Nicolás Maduro, which Venezuelans suffer from lack of food and other fundamentals as the economy collapses.

The Red Cross said that an exemption granted by Mr. Maduro would allow the delivery of medical supplies as early as next week

As Venezuela's economic problems have accelerated in recent months, both Mr Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó is trying to control relief supplies for political advantage.

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