Red Cross Granted Access to Deliver Aid in Venezuela

Red Cross Granted Access to Deliver Aid in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela — The International Federation of the Red Cross said Friday it had received permission from the Venezuelan government and the opposition to start an aid campaign in the country.

The announcement amounted to the first tacit acknowledgment by the government of President Nicolás Maduro that Venezuelans are suffering from lack of food and other basics as the economy hurtles toward collapse.

The Red Cross said a waiver granted by Mr. Maduro would allow it to begin delivery of medical supplies as soon as next week.

As Venezuela’s economic travails have accelerated over the past few months, both Mr. Maduro and the opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, have attempted to control supplies of aid for political advantage.

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