Kunduz Hospital airstrike by US. Washington admits they did it. Gravest violation of international law. It was deliberate, It wasn’t “collateral damage”

Global Research, October 06, 2015

On Saturday 3 October 2015 the MSF Trauma centre in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing by coalition forces, and was very badly damaged.

Twelve staff members and at least 10 patients, including three children, were killed; 37 people were injured including 19 staff members.

US government admits their airstrike hit hospital

“Today the US government has admitted that it was their airstrike that hit our hospital in Kunduz and killed 22 patients and MSF staff. Their description of the attack keeps changing – from collateral damage, to a tragic incident, to now attempting to pass responsibility to the Afghanistan government.

Fires burn in the MSF emergency trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after it was hit and partially destroyed by missiles 03 October 2015.

Fires burn in the MSF emergency trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after it was hit and partially destroyed by missiles 03 October 2015.

The reality is the US dropped those bombs. The US hit a huge hospital full of wounded patients and MSF staff. The US military remains responsible for the targets it hits, even though it is part of a coalition.

There can be no justification for this horrible attack. With such constant discrepancies in the US and Afghan accounts of what happened, the need for a full transparent independent investigation is ever more critical.” – Christopher Stokes, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières

It is with deep sadness that we confirm so far the death of twelve MSF staff during the bombing of MSF’s hospital in Kunduz. Latest update is that 37 people were seriously wounded during the bombing, of whom 19 are MSF staff. Some of the most critically injured are being transferred for stabilisation to a hospital in Puli Khumri, 2 hours’ drive away. There are many patients and staff who remain unaccounted for. The numbers keep growing as we develop a clearer picture of the aftermath of this horrific bombing.

This attack constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.

MSF condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz full of staff and patients.

All indications currently point to the bombing being carried out by international Coalition forces. MSF demands a full and transparent account from the Coalition regarding its aerial bombing activities over Kunduz on Saturday morning.

MSF had informed all fighting parties of hospital GPS coordinates.

MSF MSF staff in shock in one of the remaining parts of MSF's hospital in Kunduz, in the aftermath of sustained bombing 03 October 2015. Photo: ©MSF

MSF staff in shock in one of the remaining parts of MSF’s hospital in Kunduz, in the aftermath of sustained bombing 03 October 2015. Photo: ©MSF

MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities – hospital, guest-house, office and an outreach stabilization unit in Chardara (to the north-west of Kunduz). As MSF does in all conflict contexts, these precise locations were communicated to all parties on multiple occasions over the past months, including most recently on 29 September.

The bombing continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed. MSF urgently seeks clarity on exactly what took place and how this terrible event could have happened.

MSF demands an independent investigation

Surgery activities in one of the remaining parts of MSF’s hospital in Kunduz. In the aftermath of the bombings on the 3rd October 2015.

“Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body. Relying only on an internal investigation by a party to the conflict would be wholly insufficient.

Not a single member of our staff reported any fighting inside the MSF hospital compound prior to the US airstrike on Saturday morning. The hospital was full of MSF staff, patients and their caretakers. It is 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients, including three children, who were killed in the attack.

We reiterate that the main hospital building, where medical personnel were caring for patients, was repeatedly and very precisely hit during each aerial raid, while the rest of the compound was left mostly untouched. We condemn this attack, which constitutes a grave violation of International Humanitarian Law.”  – Christopher Stokes, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF Rejects statements by Afghanistan authorities

A destroyed areas of the MSF hospital, in Kunduz, Afghanistan is visible 03 October 2015 at first light, the morning after the facility was hit by sustained bombing.

A destroyed areas of the MSF hospital, in Kunduz, Afghanistan is visible 03 October 2015
at first light, the morning after the facility was hit by sustained bombing.

“MSF is disgusted by the recent statements coming from some Afghanistan government authorities justifying the attack on its hospital in Kunduz. 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.

This amounts to an admission of a war crime.

This utterly contradicts the initial attempts of the US government to minimise the attack as ‘collateral damage’. There can be no justification for this abhorrent attack on our hospital that resulted in the deaths of MSF staff as they worked and patients as they lay in their beds.

MSF reiterates its demand for a full transparent and independent international investigation.”  – Christopher Stokes, General Director, Médecins Sans Frontières

Testimony from MSF nurse eyewitness to attack

Andrea Bruce/ Noor Images
Lajos Zoltan Jecs, MSF nurse, photo taken in September 2013, Afghanistan.

MSF nurse Lajos Zoltan Jecs was in Kunduz trauma hospital when the facility was struck.

“There are no words for how terrible it was. In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds.

We looked for some staff that were supposed to be in the operating theatre. It was awful. A patient there on the operating table, dead, in the middle of the destruction. We couldn’t find our staff. Thankfully we later found that they had run out from the operating theatre and had found a safe place.”

Read his full account here.

Hospital closed. Staff evacuated

The MSF hospital in Kunduz is currently not operating, following the sustained bombing early Saturday morning. All international MSF staff members that were in Kunduz have been evacuated. All critical patients were referred to other health facilities. The MSF Afghan staff who were not killed are either being treated in health facilities in the region or have left the hospital.

On Saturday, some staff assisted to provide healthcare in other non-MSF facilities in the region, and others have joined their families at this difficult time.

No medical activities are possible now in the MSF hospital in Kunduz, at a time when the medical needs are immense. It is painful for MSF to withdraw at a time when the medical needs are so acute, but in the aftermath of being bombed, it is too early to know if it would be safe to continue running medical activities.

MSF works hard in conflict areas, as had been the case in Kunduz, to ensure all fighting parties respect the sanctity of medical facilities. At the moment, MSF has not received any explanations or assurances that give us the confidence to be able to return. This is why the organisation is demanding a full, independent and transparent investigation of what happened, and why. Without that information, there are too many unknowns to allow a return in the immediate future. MSF is committed to the people in Kunduz and will explore, as soon as key questions are answered, options to return with medical services in the Kunduz region. MSF continues to run four other health facilities in Afghanistan.

Copyright © Medecins Sans Frontieres, Médecins Sans Frontières , 2015

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Suspected US airstrike hits Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan; at least 9 staff and 8 patients dead

From RT
http://www.rt.com/news/317482-afghanistan-kunduz-msf-hospital/

“We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)  said in a statement.

30 people unaccounted for after attack.

Director of operations: “We are deeply shocked by the attack.”

Building hit several times, severely damaged.

Hospital is the only one of its kind in the region

A hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz has been hit and partially destroyed in an overnight “aerial attack” that killed at least three Medecins Sans Frontieres staff. NATO has admitted a US airstrike may have caused accidental “collateral damage.”

03 October 2015

09:17 GMT

MSF UK Press Office @MSF_Press

condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in , which was full of staff and patients

  • 09:17 GMT

    MSF medical staff are continuing their work, performing emergency surgery on the wounded.

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    True heroes MT @MSF_Press: Surgery underway in the aftermath of bombing of ‘s hospital

    09:03 GMT

    Dominik Stillhart, director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross, has expressed his condolences for those who died and suffered in the strike.

    MSF International @MSF

    Deeply shocked at bombing of MSF hospital in . Staff and patients killed. MSF urges fighting parties to respect health facilities

    Another unacceptable attack against a hospital. I extend my sincere condolences to the @MSF colleagues in who paid with their lives

  • 08:56 GMT

    Bashir Ahmad Gwakh @bashirgwakh

    Update: police now say 5 MSF staff members & at least 6 patients killed in last night airstrikes. Death toll may rise.

  • 08:42 GMT

    Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health, has posted details on those wounded in the strike on his Twitter account.

    Wahidullah Mayar @WahidullahMayar

    24 MSF’s medical and non-medical staff are among the 37 injured at the U.S. airstrike in Pro, apparently on MSF’s hospital.

  • 07:47 GMT

    The US formally wrapped up its combat mission in Afghanistan at the end 2014, but some 10,000 US troops stay in the country. American forces are supposed to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016.

    Talat Masood, a retired lieutenant-general of the Pakistan Army, thinks there’s a good chance U.S. soldiers will end up staying for longer.

    7:29 GMT

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    Zabihullah Pashtoonyar, another yang staff of Kunduz @MSF hospital, killed in US Air strike last night.

    7:28 GMT

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    Shocked staff in one of remaining parts of MSF’s hospital in . First aid ongoing http://bit.ly/1KRpNl 

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    MSF hospital aftermath by Abd Qadir Wahedi

    Inayat ullah kakar@Kalamnigar 5h5 hours ago

    zonal hospital in bombed by US planes, Dozens of medics, patients died…!