Update – 18:30 on February 23rd
Senator Marco Rubio has been reporting on the progress of the aid shipments throughout the day on his Twitter feed. Approximately two dozen Venezuelan National Guard troops have defected from Maduro, but Maduro has been sending in pro-regime gangs to try to prevent aid from reaching civilians. So far they have burned some of the food trucks to destroy the food as well as fired upon and killed civilians. Maduro is now threatening to fire on a ship sailing from Puerto Rico containing food.
Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó has announced via Twitter that the first international food aid shipments have entered into Venezuela from across the border with Brazil.
In addition, U.S. Senator March Rubio (R-FL), who has been very active in trying to bring aid to the Venezuelan people, has been posting updates about the effort to bring aid in from the Colombian border.
New reports have indicated that there was violence and deaths overnight at the borders with Venezuela as Maduro’s forces fired upon Venezuelan citizens who have flocked to the border to help bring the food across. Some Venezuelan soldiers have since defected, dropping their support for Maduro. Rubio has reported that Maduro is now attempting to replace National Guard detachments at the border with armed gangs loyal personally to him. Guaidó has promised amnesty to anyone who defects from Maduro.
The situation will likely develop throughout the day as more convoys reach Venezuela and the gangs and soldiers at the border trying to prevent their crossing will have to decide what side of history and humanity they wish to be on.