Teams departing Caracas with supplies for stricken Barbuda. Photo: TeleSur

Amid the destruction and devastation of Category 5-ranked Hurricane Irma, Venezuela is sending over 10 tons of supplies to the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda, in addition to a roster of rescue personnel.

The Bolivarian National Armed Forces, FANB, transported 20 firefighters and 34 civil defense personnel to the hurricane-struck islands, along with 10 tons of supplies and medicines. These supplies included 100 mattresses, more than 100 cases of medicine, 200 pairs of boots and 1200 cases of water.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said that Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister, Gaston Browne, had spoken with the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro less than 24 hours before, requesting humanitarian aid.

“Prime Minister Gaston Browne … the first call he made was to Venezuela, because he knows that Venezuela is the first country that would respond to the call of its Caribbean brothers,” Arreaza told reporters.

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