Venezuelan crisis: Government targets opposition leader Guaido over blackout

US pulls remaining diplomats out of Venezuelan embassies as crisis worsens

"Donald Trump is most responsible for the cyber attack on the Venezuelan electricity system", Maduro said in a broadcast from the Miraflores presidential palace on Monday night.

The U.S. and the other governments that recognize Mr. Guaido as Venezuela's interim president say Maduro wasn't legitimately re-elected a year ago because opposition candidates weren't permitted to run. Mr.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday he is pulling remaining US embassy staffers from Venezuela because of the country's worsening situation.

"The doctors told me that there are no miracles", said Yalimar, who hopes her daughter can be transferred Tuesday to one of the few hospitals in Venezuela that would be able to finish the complex procedure. "A match made in hell", said Pompeo. "We wanted to get them out of the country so that we could move forward in a way that provided that opportunity". He said Rosneft was buying crude oil from Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA "in defiance of US sanctions". China, Russia, Cuba and other governments, however, have continued to support Maduro. U.S. officials rejected that on the rationale that Maduro had no authority to take such a step.

Pompeo sought to counter claims that the chief USA concern is Venezuela's oil, and argued again that Maduro's grip on power was weakening as the country continues to suffer through extended power and water shortages. President Nicolas Maduro blamed the incident on Washington, citing United States threats to apply all means against Venezuela.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who's been a close ally of the Trump administration's on this issue, called that a "fake announcement" and said the decision had "NOTHING to do" with that.

People collect water released through a sewage drain that feeds into the Guaire River in Caracase, Venezuela, yesterday.

The embassy had previously ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel and families in late January, slimming a staff of 100 to 150 personnel down to just a handful, led by Chargé d' Affaires Jimmy Story. There is no information about the number of U.S. diplomats in Caracas. The State Department lists Venezuela as a Level 4: Do Not Travel on its advisory, urging American citizens to evacuate.

Its government is now attempting to restore electricity after four days of blackouts around the country, the latest in what has become a humanitarian crisis for the socialist country led by Nicolas Maduro.

US citizens and government personnel have been advised to avoid areas of demonstrations and large gatherings, which have taken place throughout Venezuela for weeks as President Nicolás Maduro faces pressure from a USA -backed coalition to step down.

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