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Venezuela govt.: Opposition attacks hospital



Venezuela’s government has stressed that armed gangs, allegedly hired by the opposition, have attacked a maternity hospital, amid protests that continue against the government across the Latin American country.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez blamed the opposition for the attack, which she said occurred on Thursday night.

“I denounce before the international community that armed gangs hired by the opposition attacked a maternity hospital with 54 children,” Rodriguez tweeted.

She said President Nicolas Maduro had ordered an evacuation of the hospital but did not specify the hospital’s name or location.

The alleged attack on the hospital came after a day of unrest in the capital, Caracas, during which police clashed with protesters as thousands of marchers reached a vital freeway there.

Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters, who pelted them with stones and Molotov cocktails.

Demonstrators clash with the riot police during a protest in Caracas, Venezuela, April 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in Caracas, April 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)


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