First ship carrying 612 tonnes of humanitarian aid from Mexico arrives in Cuba

The Nation  |  Jul 31, 2021

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The Mexican Navy ship Libertador Bal-02 has arrived in Cuba with 612.5 tonnes of humanitarian aid, the news agency Prensa Latina said.

In Havana, the arrival of the ship, which delivered food, medicine, and oxygen, was welcomed by Cuban Foreign Trade and Investment Minister Rodrigo Malmierca.

Malmierca noted that the island nation was going through hard times due to the tightening of the economic, commercial, and financial blockade by the United States, and promised to distribute the donated goods among the population free of charge.

Russia and Bolivia also sent humanitarian aid to Cuba amid the crisis in the country, while Nicaragua has announced plans to send a ship with food. Additionally, a second Mexican vessel is currently on its way to the island with diesel fuel.

The US recently imposed additional sanctions targeting the Cuban military, Interior Ministry, and the police over the crackdown on protests earlier in July.

Some Cubans rallied in the streets protesting the country's economic declineexacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and demanded free elections and improved economic conditions. The government deployed security forces across the country and halted communications, including the internet, while its supporters engaged in counter-demonstrations.

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