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In pictures: Clashes break out in Venezuela border towns

Venezuelan border towns were overcome with violence on Saturday, as tensions over the delivery of humanitarian aid reached breaking point.President Nicolas Maduro has partly sealed the country's border to try to stop aid stockpiles being carried over by supporters of the opposition's Juan Guaido - who declared himself interim leader last month.Here are some of the most dramatic photographs of the day's events.
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A demonstrator faces police at the Simon Bolivar international bridge - connecting Venezuela to Cucuta, Colombia
Images from crossing points around the country showed security forces and protesters in stand-offs against each other.Protesters used shoes and stones as projectiles and also set fires to try to deter military blockages. Security forces responded by pushing back and using tear gas to disperse demonstrators.
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A woman is overcome by tear gas at the bridge in Cucuta
Mr Guaido has shared messages on social media saying some aid has been able to pass in from collection points in Brazil and Colombia, despite government resistance.Local media said supporters jumped barricades to cross the border in defiance of President Maduro's closures.
In pictures: Clashes break out in Venezuela border towns

Some images appeared to show aid trucks that had managed to pass, being burned
In pictures: Clashes break out in Venezuela border towns

Defecting members of security forces from the state of Bolivar being escorted by Colombian police
In pictures: Clashes break out in Venezuela border towns

A dramatic image shows a protester running into barbed wire strung across a street in Urena
As protesters gathered at the border, President Maduro held a rally in support of his government in the country's capital Caracas.
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In pictures: Clashes break out in Venezuela border towns

Mr Maduro has suggested the aid is part of a US ploy to exert influence
Supports of Mr Guaido, however, also gathered in Caracas.They included this man, who drew attention for wearing a Spiderman costume, while demonstrating with the Venezuelan flag.
In pictures: Clashes break out in Venezuela border towns

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