Colombian foreign Ministry reported almost 300 injured after clashes on the border with Venezuela

At least 285 people were injured in clashes between volunteers and Venezuelan law enforcement agencies on the border between Colombia and Venezuela. This was stated on Saturday by the Minister of foreign Affairs of Colombia Carlos Olmes Trujillo, speaking at a press conference in the city of Cucuta on the border with Venezuela.

“Currently, 285 people were injured in clashes, mainly due to tear gas and the use of non-lethal weapons. 37 people were hospitalized, ” said the Minister, whose speech was broadcast by the website of the administration of the Colombian President.

According to the foreign Minister, among the victims are 255 Venezuelans and 30 Colombians.

Earlier Venezuelan police tried to disperse people gathered on the bridge named after Simon Bolivar. Citizens of Colombia and Venezuela came to the bridge to participate in the transfer of humanitarian aid to Venezuela. Tear gas was used against them. Also, journalist Gabriel Bastidas said that Venezuelan police set fire to three trucks with humanitarian aid in the state of Tachira on the border with Colombia.