The control operations took place in the Yapacana National Park, which houses ecosystems endowed with unique biodiversity and close to the borders with Colombia and Brazil.
The FANB, however, did not offer details about the fate of these people or if they will face any criminal proceedings.
In a recent operation, members of the FANB dismantled a camp area where they found and destroyed 18 homes, 14 engines, 1,400 meters of hoses, 800 liters of fuel, 8 power plants, 4 chainsaws, 9 water pumps, 500 grams of mercury, and other materials used for illegal mining.
Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana ejerciendo soberanía en el Sur del País. Desplegados Base de Seguridad Territorial en el Parque Nacional Yapacana, con la finalidad de combatir la mineria ilegal y evitar la destrucción de nuestras reservas naturales. pic.twitter.com/WHJAOnaLyQ
The tweet reads, "The Bolivarian National Armed Force exercising sovereignty in the south of the country. Soldiers deploy from the territorial security base to the Yapacana National Park to combat illegal mining and prevent the destruction of our natural reserves."
"These illegal practices are promoted from the Colombian Guainia department. This destructive behavior generates ecocide in our Indigenous lands," Hernandez denounced, reiterating that the FANB will remain deployed "until the last predator is expelled from the Amazon region."
Subsequently, the troops will begin reforestation processes and other necessary measures for the recovery of the Amazonian soils and rivers, which are severely degraded after years of mineral extraction.
The eviction of illegal miners began by order of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who asked the FANB to "cleanse" the Amazon of illegal mining, an economic activity that employs about 10,000 people.