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Over the course of five months, the hospital ship “USNS Comfort” will help relieve the pressure in the medical systems of the countries that shelter Venezuelans who fled the crisis
A US Navy hospital ship will depart to Latin America and the Caribbean in June to help regional partners mitigate the regional impact of the Venezuelan crisis, the Southern Command said on Tuesday.
Over the course of five months, the hospital ship ” USNS Comfort ” will help relieve the pressure on the medical systems of the countries that house Venezuelans who fled the crisis.
The mission aims to support ” the displaced Venezuelans who continue to flee from the brutal oppression of [Nicolás] Maduro’s regime,” said his commander, Admiral Craig Faller .
In its statement, the Southern Command – one of the ten unified combatant commandos of the US Department of Defense – said that it will later report the ports where the ship will dock .
The US Vice President, Mike Pence , announced in Washington the future deployment of the “USNS Comfort” in a speech in which he renewed the call to the military high command of Venezuela to disobey Maduro and place himself at the behest of Guaidó.
In particular, he announced that the government lifted “with immediate effect” the economic sanctions against former intelligence chief , Christopher Figuera , after he last week supported an uprising against Maduro.
The worsening economic and political situation in the Caribbean nation has led to the departure of more than three million Venezuelans since 2015, according to the UN.
Most of them have taken refuge in Colombia and Peru , whose health systems are overwhelmed.
In October , the US hospital ship began a tour with the same mission, which led it to support the health systems of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Honduras .
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