Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez announced on her Twitter account that “armed bands hired by the opposition attacked a maternal and child hospital with 54 children (inside).”
She also said that President Nicolas Maduro ordered the evacuation of the hospital, adding, “We will defeat the coup attempt.” The Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias Maternal and Child Hospital is located in the El Valle neighborhood of Caracas.
The minister also blamed right-wing governments for the violence, “The small group of governments that have expressed their public support for the Venezuelan opposition has encouraged this vandalism and extreme violence.”
Jorge Rodriguez, mayor of Caracas, said in a Twitter post, “As a human being and as a doctor I denounce the terrorist attack on the maternal and child hospital of El Valle. Fifty-four children had to be evacuated.”
Several violent incidents occurred in the El Valle neighborhood today as right-wing opposition protests continued, according to RT.