Venezuela begins night closings of Colombia border
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Venezuela begins night closings of Colombia border

Venezuela will close its border with Colombia at night to crack down on the smuggling of oil and food.

While the country grapples with shortages of basic pantry staples, some people are making a killing selling heavily subsidized oil and pantry staples in Colombian border towns.

Venezuelan Gen. Vladimir Padrino announced Saturday that the 1,400 mile (2,240-kilometer) border will be closed between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Colombia time, starting Monday.

Colombia agreed to the closure after President Nicolás Maduro met with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos earlier his month.

Venezuelans pay pennies for a gallon of gas and can buy many grocery items for less than a dollar, when they can find them.

Associated Press