Adding yet more outrage to last month’s US attack on a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, MSF has revealed that several of the slain staff members, including doctors were shot by US pilots while trying to flee from the bombed hospital into other parts of the compound.
The US attacked the functioning hospital in an overnight strike on October 3, following troops calling in the attack at the behest of Afghan forces. There were over 100 patients within. At least 30 civilians were killed, including both civilians and staff members.
The Pentagon has repeatedly changed their narrative for how the attack happened, but insists that it was a “mistake.” The White House is opposing MSF calls for an international investigation, saying the internal Pentagon probe will be sufficient. The Pentagon has delayed this probe indefinitely.
The Pentagon refused to comment on the shooting of fleeing doctors, citing the ongoing investigation, such as it is, but reiterated their intention to pay “condolence payments” to the families of people slain in the attack, and intends to repair the hospital, badly damaged in the bombing and even more damaged when Pentagon forces smashed into it during the investigation.
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