A "terrorist attack" ruptured storage tanks at a heavy oil processing plant in eastern Venezuela, Oil Minister Manuel Quevedo said Thursday, blaming the United States and opposition chief Juan Guaido.
"There was a terrorist act that we denounce at an international level," Quevedo told state television network VTV.
On Twitter, the minister said Rubio "ordered more violence in Venezuela." Guaido and the opposition, he said, were "intensifying terrorist incursions" against the state-owned oil company PDVSA to impact Venezuela's vital crude exports.
"Traitors!" he wrote, adding "the United States has decided to rob Venezuela of its oil resources... (and) wants blood to flow."
Oil exports account for 90 per cent of Venezuela's export revenues. Production has long slid, crimped by years of under-investment and mismanagement.
Stepped-up US sanctions have further trimmed exports.
An unprecedented nationwide blackout that lasted nearly a week dealt further damage, affecting most of the one million barrels of oil a day Venezuela still manages to produce, according to the economic analysis firm Ecoanalitica.
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