BEIJING (Dispatches) - The China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin on Wednesday demanded probes be opened into numerous allegations of crimes committed by the U.S. military against Afghans during the 20-year occupation of the now-Taliban controlled nation.
Speaking, Wenbin was asked to respond to reports that U.S. troops had fired on Afghan civilians following the suicide bombing at Kabul airport last Thursday, RT reported.
The incident has claimed nearly 200 lives but reporters have relayed accounts from eyewitnesses who claimed US troops fired at the crowds after the explosion, potentially causing more casualties.
Wang stated Beijing was aware of the reports but claimed it would not be the first time the U.S. military has been at the center of concerning events in Afghanistan. The spokesman then highlighted six events in which U.S. troops had allegedly caused mass casualties or had harmed those in their care.
Among incidents noted by the spokesman was a U.S. airstrike in 2002 which struck a wedding banquet in Uruzgan province, killing dozens and injuring many more. He also described a NATO attack in 2015 which, according to Wang, killed 15 police on an anti-narcotics mission, and a 2019 US drone attack that killed at least 30 Afghan farmers in Nangarhar province.
Wang noted that the number of civilian deaths caused by U.S. strikes in Afghanistan far exceeds American estimates, saying that at least 47,245 Afghan civilians have been killed in the war launched by Washington two decades ago.
The spokesman insisted that all reported and alleged atrocities must be investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice despite the fact that the U.S. military has now withdrawn from Afghanistan.
“This is about the international rule of law, international justice and the progress of human rights,” he continued.