Sunday, October 4, 2015

MSF Denies That Bombed Afghan Hospital Was Used as Taliban Base

The Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Sunday rejected reports that its hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz had been used as a base by Taliban militants.

 Earlier on Sunday, Hamdullah Danishi, the acting governor of the Kunduz Province, said that Taliban militants had used the hospital’s campus and had been routinely firing “small and heavy” weapons from its grounds before it was hit by an airstrike on Saturday.

"We reject reports that any Taliban[s] were inside the hospital at the time of bombing or if any shots were fired," Kate Stegeman, spokeswoman for MSF said, as cited by NBC News.

On Saturday, the hospital accommodating some 200 people was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids. At least 22 people were killed, 37 injured and dozens went missing.

According to a NATO statement, US forces conducted an airstrike in Kunduz around the same time as the hospital was bombed.

On Sunday, the hospital halted its operations in Kunduz.

Washington and Kabul have launched a joint investigation into the bombing, while the MSF has called for an independent investigation into the attack.



  1. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it is "disgusted" by Afghan government statements justifying an air strike on its hospital in Kunduz, calling it an "admission of a war crime"...

    MSF said the statement implies US and Afghan forces decided to bomb a hospital because of claims Taliban members were inside.

    The charity blames US-led Nato forces for Saturdays attack which killed at least 22 people, including MSF staff.

    The US is investigating the incident.

    Afghan government forces, backed by the US-led coalition are engaged in a battle to retake the northern city of Kunduz from Taliban fighters who seized it last month.
    'Raze to the ground'

    On Saturday the Afghan defence ministry said "armed terrorists" were using the hospital "as a position to target Afghan forces and civilians".

    MSF said in a statement: "These statements imply that Afghan and US forces working together decided to raze to the ground a fully functioning hospital - with more than 180 staff and patients inside - because they claim that members of the Taliban were present......BBC

  2. 'All Burned Alive': Kunduz Medic Describes How Staff and Patients Died...

    There were no foreigners among those killed by the airstrike because the foreign specialists left the hospital prior to the attack, a doctor working in the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz said.

    A doctor working in the Medecins Sans Frontieres hospital in Kunduz that was recently bombed by US forces told Sputnik on condition of anonymity that the foreign medical personnel had left the medical facility prior to the airstrike without offering any kind of explanation.

    "None of the doctors at the hospital survived the airstrike, they were all burned alive," said the medic who was on his day off during the attack..........


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