Doctors Without Borders Condemns Alleged US Airstrike On An Afghan Hospital
Medical organizations and peacekeeping organizations have condemned the U.S. for the alleged airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan, which the U.S. said was part of "collateral damage" during a mission in the city of Kunduz. The Guardian reports that the strike killed up to 20 staffers and patients in the strike Saturday morning, and the death toll could rise.
The U.S. has been leading airstrikes in the besieged area, but Doctors Without Borders released this statement saying that the GPS coordinates of the hospital had been circulated to avoid such incidents:
U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a statement that the strike was "utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal." He said in a statement Saturday:
He also added:
Although earlier reports indicate that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office received an apology from an unnamed NATO leader, who explained and apologized for the attacks, NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Kabul could not confirm an apology.
NATO's Colonel Brian Tribus, the spokesperson for the international forces in Afghanistan, confirmed the airstrike and said that it is under investigation, which Doctors Without Borders is also calling for.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter also confirmed that an investigation was underway.