Australian doc seeks independent probe into hospital raid
KABUL (Pajhwok): An Australian doctor, who escaped unhurt in last year’s deadly US airstrikes on the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in northern Kunduz province, has called for an independent investigation.
The trauma centre in Kunduz City was destroyed by repeated US raid that killed 42 people, including 14 MSF staff members in October 2015. Six months on, calls for an impartial probe continue to be made.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Dr. Kathleen Thomas blasted the government for failing to press for an independent investigation into the bombing. She voiced her anger over no-one being held accountable for the tragedy.
"The absolute minimal that needs to happen is that the US needs to release investigation findings so that the public can see it, and particularly MSF can see it,” the doctor was quoted as saying.
While asking the Australian government to press for an independent investigation, she said the US was supposed to be the peacekeepers of the world because of its enormous strength.
"And if they are allowed to get away with this, it sets a real precedent for other countries who don't have as good a humanitarian record to bomb freely without consequence,” she remarked.
Thomas said she would never forget victims of the “horrendous” attack, including the patient in the intensive care unit and the hospital staff members.
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