Not only was Doctors Without Borders bombed by U.S. Forces, but those trying to escape were shot from a jet plane.
While the New York Times and CNN both tried to misdirect readers from who was guilty of bombing a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan, NBCNews is doing a better job. In fact they have reported that the U.S. did more than just bomb the hospital: “U.S. Plane Shot Victims Fleeing Doctors Without Borders Hospital: Charity.”
A U.S. warplane shot people trying to flee a burning hospital destroyed in airstrikes last month, according to the charity that ran the facility.
“Thirty of our patients and medical staff died [in the bombing],” Doctors Without Borders General Director Christopher Stokes said during a speech in Kabul unveiling a report on the incident. “Some of them lost their limbs and were decapitated in the explosions. Others were shot by the circling gunship while fleeing the burning building.“
The hospital in Kunduz was bombed on Oct. 3 as Afghan government forces fought to regain control of the city from Taliban insurgents.
After the U.S. gave shifting explanations for the incident — which Doctors Without Borders has called a war crime — President Barack Obama apologized to the charity. The U.S. and Afghan governments have launched three separate investigations but the charity, which is also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), is calling for an international inquiry.
They also said they had noticed a shift in their patients that the military had asked them about.
“In the week starting September 28, [the majority of the wounded fighters] shifted to primarily wounded Taliban combatants,” according to the report.
On Oct. 1, the group “received a question from a U.S. government official in Washington, D.C., asking whether the hospital or any other of MSF’s locations had a large number of Taliban ‘holed up’,” the report said. “MSF also expressed that we were very clear with both sides to the conflict about the need to respect medical structures as a condition to our ability to continue working.”
The charity does not ask which armed group patients belong to as a matter of policy. Fighters are also prohibited from bringing weapons into the hospital, according to MSF.
So, like the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders is supposed to be neutral. If the Taliban had bombed the hospital and shot people fleeing the building do you think we would accept an apology?