The charity organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has announced leaving northern Kundoz province of Afghanistan after an airstrike that hit their hospital.
Tim Shenk, a spokesman for the organization in New York said “No medical activities are possible now in the MSF hospital in Kunduz, at a time when the medical needs are immense.”
IMS in a statement released yesterday called the air strike a ‘war crime’ and demanded a transparent investigation into the incident.
“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.”
The charity organization emphasizes that there was no fighting inside the hospital by the time the airstrike took place.
“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 ten patients, including three children, who were killed in the attack.”
However, US forces in Afghanistan have said that the airstrike was conducted in the vicinity of the hospital against insurgents who were directly firing upon U.S. service members advising and assisting Afghan Security Forces in the city of Kunduz.
NATO’s Resolute Support and U.S. forces have launched separate investigations into the incident.