Death toll rises to 42 in Kunduz hospital airstrike: MSF
KABUL (Pajhwok): The death toll from a US airstrike on a Doctors With Borders-run hospital in Kunduz City in October has risen to 42, the medical charity said Saturday, citing an internal investigation.
In a statement, the charity said previously MSF had reported a death toll of at least 30 people, but “the organisation confirms the toll has risen to 42, after methodical review of MSF records and family claims, as well as patient, staff and family testimonies,".
It said the revised figures included 14 MSF staff members confirmed to have been killed, as well as 24 patients and four caretakers."
MSF shut down the hospital after the attack that sparked an avalanche of global condemnation.
The US forces top commander in Afghanistan had blamed the airstrike on “human error", prompting a strong rebuke from the charity who slammed American forces for "gross negligence".
The charity, branding the incident a war crime, has called for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) -- an independent body created under international law but which has never been used -- to investigate the attack.
However, it would need permission from the US and Afghanistan to proceed, and neither country has so far agreed.
Besides the casualties, part of the medical archives, patient files, and admission sheets located in the main hospital building had been destroyed because the building burned down in the attack.
The statement said before making any decisions about reopening the hospital in Kunduz, MSF was re-engaging with all parties to the conflict to seek clear assurances that MSF teams, patients and facilities were safe from attack and that the work of MSF would be fully respected in Kunduz and all locations where they worked in Afghanistan.
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