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Rights Group Cites Abuses By Venezuelan Forces Near Colombia

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FILE - In this March 26, 2021 file photo, Venezuelans disembark a boat on the Arauca River, the natural border between Venezuela and Colombia, as they flee to Arauquita, Colombia, and seek shelter following clashes between Venezuela's military and a Colombian armed group. According to the international monitoring group, Human Rights Watch, on Monday, April 26, 2021, Venezuelan security forces operating against Colombian rebels along the border have executed peasants, tortured and arbitrarily arrested people, and prosecuted civilians in military courts, prompting roughly 6,000 people to flee. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

(AP) — An international monitoring group says Venezuelan security forces operating against Colombian rebels along the nations’ shared border have executed peasants, tortured and arbitrarily arrested people, and prosecuted civilians in military courts.

The report released Monday by Human Rights Watch says the operation began March 21 in the rural state of Apure in Venezuela, where it says authorities have tolerated the presence of Colombian armed groups.

Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek Saab previously announced two efforts to investigate the situation that has prompted roughly 6,000 people to flee across the border to the Colombian town of Arauquita.

 

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