Sunday, October 04, 2015
U.S. Bombs Afghani Hospital, At Least 19 Dead
News reports describe an horrific scene after American military forces bombed a crowded hospital in Kunduz City, Afghanistan operated by Doctors Without Borders. The air strikes on the hospital killed at least 19 persons, including hospital staff and patients, while dozens more were injured in the attack. Patients were reportedly burned alive while lying in hospital beds in the hospital's intensive care unit. At least 12 of the dead were hospital staff.
The nonprofit group that runs the hospital complained the bombing of the hospital continued for nearly 30 minutes after U.S. and Afghani authorities were notified the hospital was being attacked. Gen. John Campbell claimed American forces had been under attack in the area and opposing forces were using the hospital for cover. Doctors Without Borders denied Taliban forces were using the hospital for cover. President Barack Obama offered condolences to the victims but stopped short of offering an apology.
The head of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, condemned the attack and renewed calls to scrutinize the American military's record of causing civilian casualties in Afghanistan. The UN chief wants a "thorough and impartial" investigation of the incident. The United Nations says nearly 20,000 civilians have been killed in Afghanistan since 2009 when the U.N. began keeping statistics. Nearly 33,000 civilians have been wounded in the fighting.