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MSF center bombed in Afghanistan: Obama promises a “full investigation”

 US President presented his “deepest condolences” after the attack in which 12 employees of (MSF) and 7 patients, including three children, were killed in Afghanistan. While the strongest condemnations multiply around what might be a blunder of the US military, Barack Obama promised a “full investigation”, noting want to wait for the results of investigations “before making a final judgment on the circumstances this tragedy. ” For his part, the NATO mission in Afghanistan spoke of “collateral damage” that may have been caused by a US raid targeting Taliban insurgents.

The MSF clinic was bombed in the night Friday to Saturday in Kunduz, in northern Afghanistan. At the time of the strikes, 105 patients and 80 staff members, Afghans and foreigners were in the hotel. The death toll of the tragedy reported 19 dead and 37 seriously injured, including 19 members of the NGO. The drama takes place in a context of struggle for the seizure of Kunduz by Taliban insurgents.

An AC-130 US Army pointed

The UN has described the bombing as “inexcusable”. The air strike might fall under “war crime” if it was deemed “willful through justice,” said the High Commissioner of the United Nations Human Rights Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein. For its part, MSF has demanded the “total transparency on the part of the coalition forces.” In a statement, its president, Nicolai, even refused the term “collateral damage” is attached to this “tragedy.” It must be said that the story of the tragedy gathered by AFP from the Director of the Health Organization’s operations, Bart Janssens.

The official said the bombing continued “for more than 45 minutes” after the NGO warned the armed Afghan and US as its establishment of Kunduz had been hit by early shots. Additionally, MSF provides preventively have transmitted the GPS coordinates of the hospital to “all parts” of the conflict, “including in Kabul and Washington.” “The impacts were very focused, always on the same building. The plane is gone, then returned to give back after a series of impacts, exactly the same building,” explained Dr. Janssens.

A US official said the investigation will focus on the role played by a US AC-130 plane, a device derived from transport aircraft C-130 equipped with several cannons to take supporting ground operations.

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