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US navy hospital ship stokes tensions by giving Venezuelan refugees free care

US navy hospital ship stokes tensions by giving Venezuelan refugees free care

US Navy hospital ship gives free care to Venezuelan refugeesA US navy hospital ship moored off Colombia has started giving free  medical care to Venezuelan refugees, in a move likely to rile officials  in Caracas who deny the existence of a humanitarian crisis in their own  country – and have long been suspicious of the close relationship  between Colombia and the US.

As well as treating Colombians, US medical teams aboard the USNS  Comfort will attend to Venezuelan refugees, particularly at the ship’s  next stop in Riohacha, a city near the border between the two countries.

Some 3 million Venezuelans have fled political turmoil and economic hardship at home, including 1 million who have taken shelter in Colombia, which has struggled to deal with the exodus.

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