More than 100 Venezuelan troops desert: Colombian authorities

A Venezuelan soldier throws a bottle back during clashes with protesters along the border between Venezuela and Brazil in Pacaraima, Brazil, on Feb 23, 2019.
A Venezuelan soldier throws a bottle back during clashes with protesters along the border between Venezuela and Brazil in Pacaraima, Brazil, on Feb 23, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

CUCUTA, COLOMBIA (AFP) - More than 100 Venezuelan soldiers have deserted and crossed into Colombia, immigration authorities reported Sunday (Feb 24) as tensions rise between the neighbors over humanitarian aid.

The defections come with Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido calling on the military to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and help him bring in desperately needed aid to alleviate shortages of food and medicine.