Chinese ‘Humanitarian Aid’ Cargo Llane Land In Venezuela

Humanitarian Aid
Trucks marked with the logo of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and believed to be carrying humanitarian aid, drive on a highway outside Caracas, Venezuela, April 16, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Manaure Quintero NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.)

Flight tracker data and footage from the ground showed that the shipment of humanitarian aid from China arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas on Monday.

The shipment followed the tons of medicines sent by Asian economic giant to the politically divided country in April.

The cargo was flown from China through the Suparna Airlines, formerly known as Yangtze River Express and the second-largest cargo airline in China after China Cargo Airlines, on Monday. The plane made a stopover in Madrid before landing in the Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas.

The plane carries approximately 2 million units of medical equipment that includes medicine and surgical medical supplies. The humanitarian aid will be distributed by the government agencies designated by the United States-condemned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

President Maduro claimed that the economic crisis suffered by the nation is brought by the sanctions imposed by the United States in Venezuelan oil, the country's main source of revenue. The crisis led to nationwide suffering caused by shortages of food and medicine and widespread power outages.

The post of the former director of Petroleos de Venezuela, Pedro Mario Burelli, showed a screenshot of the flight path from the FlightRadar24 website.

The post highlighted that the flight originated in Shanghai and arrived at the airport in Caracas at 1:09 pm local time. Oliver Fernández, a Venezuelan journalist, confirmed the shipment on a video that he uploaded in Twitter on Monday after showing the plane being unloaded.

The first dispatch of relief supplies from China to Venezuela was reported by a Chinese TV channel CGTN. The first shipments are compost of 65 tons of medical supplies.

Last month, Geng Shuang, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said that China opposes "external interference" in Venezuela's crisis and dismissed reports of Chinese military involvement as "simply not true." The speaker proposes a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan economic crisis.

China is known to back the regime of President Maduro and, recently, critics claim that the Asian superpower sent 120 soldiers and military supplies to the country along with the first dispatch of relief supplies. Unconfirmed photos of Chinese and Venezuelan military during the delivery of the aid circulated in the media.

NGO relief supplies are permitted by the Maduro regime. However, the president refuses those coming from other nations who recognize Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader, as Venezuela's legitimate interim president. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany are included in the nations who support the opposition leader.

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