Venezuela: Siege of Puerto Cabello

An uneasy peace settled over Venezuela after a week in which warring wings of the armed forces engaged in some of the bitterest fighting in Venezuela's modern history. Residents of Puerto Cabello, a city of 80,000 lying beside the nation's largest naval base 75 miles west of the Caracas capital, buried their dead and started to clean up their shell-pocked city. Official casualty figures for the military were 47 dead, 89 wounded. But unofficial estimates put the toll, including civilians, at more than 300.

In most Latin American nations, the military is rightist—forming...

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