MSF calls for probe into US air strike at Kunduz hospital

Doctors Without Borders asks for unbiased investigation under rules of Geneva Conventions into US air strike that killed at least 22 people in Afghan hospital

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Joanne Liu, President of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) International, delivers a statement in Geneva, Switzerland, October 7, 2015

Doctor Without Borders (MSF) on Wednesday demanded an independent fact-finding mission under the Geneva Conventions on the US bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

MSF, an international non-governmental organization for humanitarian aid, said its demand may pave the way for the first time such a fact-finding mission would take charge under the Conventions.

The MSF clarified that the commission would collect facts and evidence from the NATO, US and Afghanistan in the light of the Geneva Conventions and then MSF would decide whether to get criminal charges for deadly air strike and its damage.

"If we let this go, we are basically giving a blank check to any countries at war. There is no commitment to an independent investigation yet" the MSF International President Joanne Liu told reporters on Wednesday.

She also said that the US air strike "was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated and added "Today we say enough, even war has rules. We cannot rely on internal investigations by the US, NATO and Afghan forces.”

The US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz killed at least 22 people on Saturday as it aimed to hit the Taliban militant groups.

However the MSF members have denied any statements claiming the Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital at Afghan forces.

The MSF have also declared the US air attack in Kunduz was a war crime and criticized Afghan government statements legitimizing the US air strike and described it as "disgusting".

TRTWorld and agencies