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11 juin 2019 | 01h04 UTC

Colombia/Venezuela: Thousands cross border following reopening June 8 /update 5

Colombia Alerte de sécurité

Thousands cross Colombian-Venezuelan border following reopening June 8; reopening of border follows February closure by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

TIMEFRAME expected from 24/2/2019, 12h30 until 2/3/2019, 12h29 (America/Caracas). COUNTRY/REGION Norte de Santander, Táchira

Event

Tens of thousands of people have crossed the Colombian-Venezuelan border since its reopening on Saturday, June 8, which ended a four-month closure initiated by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in February. Colombia's foreign ministry reported that some 30,000 Venezuelans had arrived in Colombia on Saturday, including many seeking to purchase basic goods, and that 37,000 had left Colombia by Saturday evening (local time).

Significant flows of people are to be expected across the Colombian-Venezuelan border over the coming days and weeks as long as the border remains open.

Context

Venezuela is experiencing an ongoing crisis spurred by President Nicolás Maduro's inauguration to a second term as president on January 10 following last year's contested election, prompting the National Assembly to declare a national emergency. At least 50 foreign governments, including the US, Canada, and Brazil, among others, have since recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the interim head of state.

Advice

Individuals in Colombia and Venezuela are advised to monitor developments, avoid related public gatherings and border crossings along the Colombian-Venezuelan border, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

The security situation in Venezuela remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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