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Colombian navy chief says practically 2,000 insurgent fighters are in Venezuela: report

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There are round 1,900 Colombian insurgent fighters working in Venezuela, Colombia’s navy chief Basic Luis Fernando Navarro advised Reuters Wednesday. 

Colombia has stated for some time that Venezuela is harboring Colombian crime teams and criminals, however that is the primary time a navy commander has put a quantity on it. 

Navarro estimated the variety of fighters from the Colombian insurgent group Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN) and FARC dissidents teams who’re in Venezuela.

“In complete within the (Venezuelan) states of Zulia, Tachira, Apure and Amazonas, we calculate there might be between 1,100 and 1,200 criminals from the ELN and a few 700 from the FARC dissidents,” Navarro advised Reuters.

“It is a issue of instability that the strategic rearguard of those constructions is in Venezuelan border states. This clearly makes it troublesome to fight them,” he added. 

The teams will go to Colombia to assault then retreat to Venezuela for security from authorities, in response to Navarro. 

Navarro stated the rebels keep in Venezuela to plan assaults and for drug trafficking efforts, which Colombia says Venezuela permits as a result of it takes part of the earnings from cocaine trafficking. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has denied offering a secure haven to rebels whereas additionally welcoming sure fighters into the nation. 

There are additionally some Venezuelans who joined the Colombian insurgent teams, with not less than 80 Venezuelans becoming a member of FARC dissidents teams and 180 becoming a member of ELN, in response to Navarro. 

https://thehill.com/coverage/worldwide/574823-colombian-military-chief-says-1900-rebel-fighters-are-in-venezuela | Colombian navy chief says practically 2,000 insurgent fighters are in Venezuela: report

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