Bombing of MSF hospital draws condemnation
KABUL (Pajhwok): The United Nations mission, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the US embassy on Saturday condemned the bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz province.
At least nine staffers of the hospital in Kunduz City were killed and 37 others wounded in the overnight airstrike, according to MSF, which claimed sharing the coordinates of the facility with the warring sides.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation head said: “This is an appalling tragedy. Such attacks against health workers and facilities undermine the capacity of humanitarian organisations to assist the Afghans at a time when they most urgently need it.”
Jean-Nicolas Marti added: “Neutral and impartial humanitarian assistance is crucial today in Afghanistan.” He also sympathised with the families of the victims and the MSF workers.
Two ICRC medical staff had been helping at the hospital since the fighting erupted in Kunduz on September 28. They were not harmed in the attack. The organisation stressed the safety of the civilian population, medical staff and facilities.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the tragic and devastating airstrike on the Médecins sans Frontières hospital early this morning, which resulted in the deaths and injury of medical personnel, patients and other civilians,” the UNAMA head said.
Nicholas Haysom said hospitals accommodating patients and medical personnel might never be the object of attack, and international humanitarian law also prohibited the use of medical facilities for military purposes.
The US embassy, mourning for the individuals and families affected by the tragic incident and for all those suffering from the violence in Kunduz, praised Doctors without Borders for its heroic work throughout the world, including in Afghanistan.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their team at this difficult moment. We remain deeply concerned about the ongoing violence in Kunduz and the difficult humanitarian situation faced by its residents,” a statement from the embassy said.
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