Tuesday, October 6, 2015

MSF Denounces US Claims That Hospital Housed Taliban As 'Complete Nonsense'

In an exclusive Sputnik interview, a top MSF representative said he doubted the US-initiated investigation of last week's Kunduz hospital bombing would be independent enough.

A representative of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said Tuesday the US military's claims that the Kunduz hospital attacked by US forces housed Taliban militants were "complete nonsense".

"We want a fully independent investigation and the three we've heard of so far don't seem for us independent enough, so we're looking into other possibilities, but it takes some time before we can come with a clear proposition," president of MSF’s operational directorate in Brussels Meinie Nicolai told Sputnik in an exclusive interview.

  • Not all of the hospital staff is accounted for after the bombing, he added. "We are dealing with the aftermath, we have [people] severely wounded, we have not all staff accounted for, we don't know that everybody is alive," Nicolai said.

Saturday morning, bombing started at the hospital, and this was by air, and it lasted for more than an hour. And there were several rounds where an airplane came over and fired at the hospital," Nicolai added.

According to him, victims of the US bombing included children who were burned alive.

On September 28, Taliban militants seized the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, knocking government forces out of the city. After the reinforcements arrived, the Afghan army, backed by US airstrikes, began an offensive operation to regain control of the city.

  •  Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) accused Washington of "discrepancies" in their accounts of what led to the devastating bombing raid on their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz...

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  1. US general: Afghan MSF hospital strike was a mistake...

    The deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan provincial capital of Kunduz was a mistake, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said.

    US Army General John Campbell said in testimony on Tuesday to the Senate Armed Services Committee that the decision to carry out the strike twas made within the US chain of command.

    "To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a US decision made within the US chain of command," US Army General John Campbell said in testimony on Tuesday to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    "A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility."

    Meanwhile, fighting erupted in the embattled city of Kunduz after the Taliban attacked a police headquarters overnight and officials warned that food and other emergency aid could not get through to the city.

    The clashes and the dire warnings on Tuesday underscored the weak hold authorities have on Kunduz, a strategic city whose brief fall to the Taliban last week was an embarrassing blow to President Ashraf Ghani.

    Al Jazeera's Qaiz Azimy, reporting from Kunduz, said they could hear gunfire and artillery almost every second in the city.

    "Strong fighting is going on and it has not stopped. We could hear gunfire and artillery almost every second.............http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/clashes-resume-embattled-afghan-city-kunduz-151006130234945.html


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