The president of Venezuela, Maduro, has accused the US and European countries of attacking an oil refinery. Local media and opposition members, on the other hand, speak of an industrial accident.

According to the government, a terrorist attack has been committed on an oil refinery in northwestern Venezuela. During the attack, a tower at the factory in Amuay, Falcón state, collapsed, President Nicolás Maduro said. The US and some European countries are also involved in the attack.

In addition, two foreigners were arrested who had planned assassinations of members of the government. Maduro has not provided any evidence to support his claims. Opposition MPs and local media reported that the damage to the refinery was caused by an industrial accident.

Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. However, a lack of investment, mismanagement and severe sanctions in the US has led to a sharp decline in oil production and processing. Venezuela now even has to import gasoline, also from its ally Iran.

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