Venezuela's Guaido says humanitarian aid will arrive on Feb 23

FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognized as the country's rightful interim ruler, talks with students in Caracas, Venezuela February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Tuesday that humanitarian aid will enter Venezuela on Feb 23, to bring relief to people struggling with widespread shortages of food and medicine.

Speaking at a rally in Caracas, Guaido said the armed forces, which remain loyal to President Nicolas Maduro, should allow the aid to enter the country. Guaido denounces Maduro’s presidency as illegitimate while Maduro says a U.S-backed coup seeks to oust him.

Reporting by Angus Berwick and Vivian Sequera; Editing by Sarah Marsh