Maduro Sends 100 Tons of Aid to Cuba Despite Venezuela Crisis

HAVANA, Feb. 5th Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro sent 100 tons of construction material to Cuba in the wake of a deadly tornado that caused serious losses in Havana a week ago,

according to the Miami Herald, a move that comes as Maduro has dismissed offers of international aid amid a political crisis in his own country.

Maduro has been called on to resign and let the country hold a new presidential election as his government has sidelined the National Assembly, held widely questioned elections, and overseen an economic crisis that has forced millions of Venezuelans to flee, mostly to other South American countries.

The U.S. last week backed Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, along with Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.

The Venezuelan shipment included 100 tons of machinery and construction materials.

“From La Guaira sailed vessel T-91 from the Bolivarian Navy with help for the victims of a strong tornado that hit Havana,” Cuban Ambassador to Venezuela Rogelio Polanco posted in Spanish on Twitter on Friday. “With ministers Néstor Ruiz Reverol and Aristóbulo Istúriz [minister of Education and vice president for social affairs], we said goodbye to the crew. Infinite gratitude for this new gesture of solidarity of the Bolivarian Revolution.”

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