Venezuela leader Maduro's officials 'flee to Turkey' as country plunged into crisis

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The crisis in Venezuela has rocked the nation (Pic: REUTERS)

Officials from President Nicholas Maduro’s team have left the nation as international pressure mounts on them to step aside and violent protests continue, opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday.

Guaido who has received the backing of US president Donald Trump called on the nation’s Army to “make the right historic choice”.

“Soldiers do not yet know that high-ranking officials, who are condemning everyone have already gone to Turkey,” Guaido tweeted.

“Usurper (Nicholas Maduro) today only has the killings in the Bolivar district, of soldiers who do not recognize him, and of high-ranking officials who condemn him or have already left for Turkey.”

Bloody clashes have erupted across Venezuela as rubber bullets and tear gas is fired on protesters. 

President Nicholas Maduro is ‘refusing to allow US aid to enter Venezuela’ (Pic: REUTERS)

Guaido once again appealed to Maduro supporters to end the violence in the country.

He said: ”Come to the side of the constitution. Today, Venezuela needs all of us. It’s a first for all Venezuelans, for all of us.”

Last week the situation in the struggling nation escalated as Maudro closed the land border with Brazil in a row over aid delivery.

The following day, on Friday, three bridges connecting Venezuela and Colombia were sealed off.

The opposition has attempted to have aid brought in for starving nationals rooting through bins for food.

However, the Venezuelan Government insists that the aid must be delivered only in accordance with the international law, and aims to halt any attempts of the opposition to deliver the aid.

Juan Guaido has been recognised by nations including the US as interim leader (Pic: REUTERS)

President Nicolas Maduro slammed Guaido who has declared himself ‘interim leader’ in the country.

After he was backed by the US Maduro saw the alliance as an attempted coup and severed diplomatic ties with the US.

Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey have support Maduro.

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