Colombian migrants given hours to flee Venezuela

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The main border crossings between Venezuela and Colombia remain closed, days after Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro ordered a clampdown on smuggling and paramilitary operations in the frontier region.

More than a thousand Colombians living in Venezuela are being forced to go home. CCTV’s Stephen Gibbs filed this report from Caracas.

Colombian migrants given hours to flee Venezuela

The main border crossings between Venezuela and Colombia remain closed, days after Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered a clampdown on smuggling and paramilitary operations in the frontier region. More than a thousand Colombians living in Venezuela are being forced to go home. CCTV's Stephen Gibbs filed this report from Caracas.

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  • Venezuela says this operation is essential to stop rampant smuggling and crime, which is destroying its economy and threatening its people. Others say it’s a political distraction – a ‘phony war’ – invented by a government in trouble.