U.S. may have hit NGO hospital in Afghanistan during air strikes

U.S. may have hit NGO hospital in Afghanistan during air strikes
MSF hospital hit in Kunduz. (Image: MSF via Twitter)

[Ed. – If the U.S. did hit the hospital, that should absolutely be acknowledged.  However, there were multiple parties firing during the engagement, and the U.S. war planes weren’t the only ones expending ordnance that could drop on the hospital from the air.  Civilians, even experienced NGO personnel, often mistakenly report falling mortar rounds — which could have been from Afghan national forces in this case — as air-dropped munitions.  That said, the verbal description of damage, apparently to masonry structures, does sound superficially like air-launched warheads.  If U.S. forces were at fault here, we can expect the Pentagon to own up to it.]

Aerial bombardments blew apart a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the battleground Afghan city of Kunduz about the time of a U.S. airstrike early Saturday, killing at least 19 people, officials said.

The blasts left part of the hospital in flames and rubble, killing 12 staffers and seven patients — including three children — and injuring 37 other people, the charity said.

As the United States said it was investigating what struck the hospital during the night, the charity expressed shock and demanded answers, stressing that all combatants had been told long ago where the hospital was. …

The bombardments continued even after U.S. and Afghan military officials were notified the hospital was being attacked, the charity said.

The circumstances weren’t immediately clear, but the U.S. military was conducting an airstrike in Kunduz at the time the hospital was hit, and the incident is being investigated, U.S. Army Col. Brian Tibus said.

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