The World – Afghanistan
Reuters quoted a high-ranking official in the Pakistani border city of Jammen as saying that large numbers of people gathered today at the border crossing to protest against the failure to open them in front of them on Thursday, as was due to the outbreak of the new Corona virus.
The protesters were among those who were unable, due to the closure of the crossing, to join their families on the opposite side of the border on the occasion of Eid.
The official stated that the demonstrations were out of control and the protesters burned a health isolation center and a Pakistani government facility, and against the backdrop of the riots, clashes erupted between the forces of the two sides.
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry accused the Afghan forces of firing at the protesters, stressing that the Pakistani forces had intervened to protect the population and their actions had not gone beyond the scope of self-defense.
But protesters told Reuters that Pakistani forces had shot them first.
The agency quoted medical officials on the Pakistani side of the border as confirming that seven people were killed and at least 31 were wounded by the escalation.
On the other hand, the governor of the Afghan province of Kandahar, Hayatullah, blamed the life of the Pakistani army for the bombing of Spin Boldak city, killing 15 people and wounding 80 others, including women and children.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense has promised the Pakistani army to take countermeasures if they continue to bomb Afghan territory.