Attack in Afghanistan

On Saturday, October 3, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was hit by a series of aerial bombing raids at approximately 15-minute intervals. The main hospital building, which housed the intensive care unit, emergency rooms, and physiotherapy ward, was hit with precision, repeatedly, during each aerial raid, while surrounding buildings were left mostly untouched.

The attacks killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff members and 10 patients. Three of those killed were children. The United States government admitted that it was a U.S. military airstrike that hit the hospital, despite the fact that MSF had provided the GPS coordinates of the facility to Coalition and Afghan military officials as recently as five days before the attacks took place. The bombardments also continued for 30 minutes after MSF first informed U.S. and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington that it was our hospital being hit.

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MSF in Afghanistan

 

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From the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Activity Report: