Netherlands sets humanitarian hub for Venezuela in Curacao

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Netherlands says that it will set up a humanitarian aid hub for crisis-torn Venezuela on its Caribbean island of Curacao.

Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok said Wednesday on Twitter that the collection point will be launched in "close cooperation with Venezuelan interim-president (Juan) Guaido and the United States."

About 60 countries, including the U.S., have recognized opposition leader Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.

Guaido on Tuesday set a Feb. 23 deadline to bring food and medicine into Venezuela. The humanitarian aid has been warehoused on the Colombian border since last week. He also announced a second collection point for aid across the border in Brazil.

President Nicolas Maduro is blocking the aid, saying it is part of a U.S.-led coup to topple him.