Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked Iran for their solidarity as the first of five tankers loaded with gasoline reached Venezuelan waters.
The first of five Iranian tankers carrying fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela entered the South American country's exclusive economic zone.
Captured American Luke Denman says he was "helping Venezuelans take back control of their country" on video aired on Venezuelan TV. President Nicolas Maduro accused US President Donald Trump of being behind what he called an "invasion."
Interior Minister Nestor Reverol gave no details on the number of people detained or killed in the operation, which he said was still underway, with a massive search on air, land and sea.
The shipment includes 28,000 Personal Protective Equipment kits for health workers, oxygen concentrators, pediatric beds, water quality control products and hygiene kits, the UN said.
With borders slamming shut, schools and businesses closing and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement, tens of millions of people across EU and Turkey are heeding official calls to isolate themselves and slow the spread of the virus.
Nicolas Maduro's comments draw criticism from human rights activists and others who noted Venezuelans already are struggling to provide food, clothes and health care for their families.
The US president delivered his annual State of the Union address to Congress, one day before the Senate will vote on his impeachment. Trump's speech was interrupted by a protestor shouting at him to do something about gun violence.
"We will mobilise for street protests on Thursday and Friday, and on Saturday we will all be in the streets," Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido as he called for three days of protests against President Nicolas Maduro.
In a televised address, President Maduro gave his backing to Parra as the new speaker, adding that "Guaido was kicked out of the National Assembly by the votes of his own opposition."
"In addition to the public designation of Leopoldo Cintra Frias [in gross violations of human rights], the Department is also publicly designating his children, Deborah Cintra Gonzalez and Leopoldo Cintra Gonzalez," a statement by Mike Pompeo says.
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