Colombia says Venezuela deportations caused border 'tragedy'

Colombian citizens return to their country after being deported by Venezuela, via the Simon Bolivar bridge, in Cucuta, August 24, 2015Colombia complained Monday that Venezuela’s mass deportation of its citizens during a crackdown on smuggling has created a “humanitarian tragedy” on part of their border. Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo and Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin were in the northeastern city of Cucuta to address the issues created by the deportations and meet with Colombians in the area. “There is a social tragedy… there is a humanitarian tragedy that we are here working to solve here in Cucuta,” Cristo told a news conference.

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