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Caracas – Soldiers from the Venezuelan national guard have left their posts ahead of an opposition-led effort to bring aid into Venezuela, Colombia’s migration agency said.

In a separate development, Venezuelan troops have fired tear gas at people looking to cross into Colombia to work.

Tensions have been rising over a row about the delivery of humanitarian aid.

President Nicolás Maduro said the border with Colombia was partly closed to stop aid being delivered. But self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó vowed yesterday that hundreds of thousands of volunteers would help bring in the aid deliveries, which included food and medicine.

The first delivery of aid had already entered Venezuela through Brazil, Guaidó tweeted.

The delivery of aid to the stricken country has proven to be a key area of contention between the two men who see themselves as Venezuela’s leader. (BBC)