Afghanistan: It appears an errant US air strike hit the MSF hospital in Kunduz, killing staff.(MSF)
At 2:10 AM local time on Saturday October 3, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) Trauma center in Kunduz was hit several times during sustained bombing and was very badly damaged.
Three MSF staff are confirmed dead and more than 30 are unaccounted for.The medical team is working around the clock to do everything possible for the safety of patients and hospital staff. “We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” says Bart Janssens, MSF Director of Operations.
“We do not yet have the final casualty figures, but our medical team are providing first aid and treating the injured patients and MSF personnel and accounting for the deceased. We urge all parties to respect the safety of health facilities and staff.”
MSF’s hospital is the only facility of its kind in the whole northeastern region of Afghanistan, providing free life- and limb-saving trauma care. MSF doctors treat all people according to their medical needs and do not make distinctions based on a patient’s ethnicity, religious beliefs or political affiliation. Hmmm........How can you mistake such a building? I guess they can't pin this one on Putin. Read the full story here. Update: At least 9 MSF staff killed in suspected US airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
Dr. Ameen Salarzai & Dr. Abdussalam, two other medical cadres martyred in #MSF hospital #Kunduz pic.twitter.com/nzIWJBZNIE— Inayat ullah kakar (@Kalamnigar) October 3, 2015
#MSF zonal hospital in #Kunduz bombed by US planes, Dozens of medics, patients died...! pic.twitter.com/bKPuqnINpL— Inayat ullah kakar (@Kalamnigar) October 3, 2015
#MSF #Kunduz trauma center aflame after aerial attack this morn. Staff tending to patients, each other, in aftermath pic.twitter.com/o6toDwivym— Doctors w/o Borders (@MSF_USA) October 3, 2015