Venezuelan military helicopter crashes in Colombia

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Both occupants were injured Monday when a helicopter of Venezuela's national police crashed Monday just across the border in the northern Colombian province of La Guajira, Colombia's defense minister said.

According to local press, the helicopter with registration number EGNB742, crashed in the municipality of Paraguachon "about seven or 10 meters maximum" from the border line.

Many Colombians who for years lived in Venezuela say they are too afraid or unable to easily return home to loved ones that were left behind.

The crew injured were later rescued by Venezuelan authorities and then taken to Maracaibo city, around 120 km east of the accident place, for further medical attention.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said adverse climatic conditions may have been behind the accident.

"We will proceed through diplomatic channels with the government of Venezuela to establish where the wreckage will be sent", said Villegas.

Colombia's Defense Minister confirmed that the helicopter was not violating his country's sovereignty.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in August closed all major crossings along the 2,200-kilometer (1,400) mile border and deported scores of Colombians to stamp out what he considers to be large-scale smuggling.

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