ICRC condemns bombing of MSF hospital in Kunduz
KABUL (Pajhwok): The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Saturday vehemently condemned the bombing of the MSF hospital in Kunduz province. It voiced shock at violence against patients and medical workers.
In a statement, the ICRC delegation head in Afghanistan 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.
Under international humanitarian law, the civilian population, medical personnel, ambulances and medical facilities must be respected and protected in all circumstances, and the work of medical personnel facilitated.
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