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6 thousand displaced by the Colombia-Venezuela conflict

Caracas, Mar 31 (EFE) .- The Venezuelan Government assured this Wednesday that the return of citizens of the border state of Apure who fled due to the fighting between the military and FARC dissidents began, despite the fact that the Executive never confirmed their displacement, while an NGO denounces that the outflow has not stopped.

“Little by little the inhabitants of La Victoria, in the Apure state, return to their homes. Calm and normality are being,” wrote Vice President and Minister of Communication, Freddy Ñáñez, who, until now, had not released information about the fighting that began on March 21.

The Venezuelan authorities have not officially confirmed the armed group they are confronting either, but they have released photos showing uniforms seized from the combatants with the slogan “FARC-EP.”

Ñáñez assured in his Twitter message that “assemblies and meetings help solve problems” and stressed, in reference to those who have fled, that Venezuela “is their country” and “the war is the only foreign one.”

The tweet is accompanied by some photographs in which a group of citizens can be seen, after descending from a boat, who are received by officials of the Bolivarian National Police (PNB) and the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, militarized police).

The NGO Fundaredes also warned this Wednesday that more than 6,000 Venezuelans have traveled to Colombia fleeing the fighting in Apure.

Of them, 5,000 went to Arauquita, a Colombian municipality located on the banks of the Arauca River, opposite the Venezuelan town of La Victoria.

“Some are in other places, but not in sheltered places, they have gone to the houses of friends and relatives,” Fundaredes director Javier Tarazona said in a telephone conversation with Efe.

(c) EFE Agency

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