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US preparing for military action in Venezuela: Cuba

The United States is moving its special forces closer to Venezuela as part of a covert plan to stage military intervention in the South American country, which has been engulfed by unrest over the past weeks.

According to Press TV, Cuba said in a “Declaration of the Revolutionary Government” on Thursday that recent events in Venezuela, where US-backed opposition Juan Guaido has been challenging the leadership of President Nicolas Maduro, amounted to an attempted coup that had so far failed.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has refused to rule out direct military action against Maduro to force him step down and hand over power to Guaido, the Head of Venezuela’s National Assembly.

Havana said that Washington has been expanding the presence of its forces in neighboring countries.

“Between February 6 and 10 military transport aircraft have flown to the Rafael Miranda Airport of Puerto Rico, the San Isidro Air Base, in the Dominican Republic and to other strategically located Caribbean islands, probably without knowledge of the governments of those nations,” the declaration said.

“These flights originated in American military installations from which units of Special Operations and Marine Corps operate, which are used for covert actions,” it added.

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans have thronged the streets of Venezuela over the past weeks, holding rallies in support and against Maduro, who began his second six-year term in office last month.

The clashes began after Guaido proclaimed himself “interim president” and urged Maduro to resign.