Nine local staffers for Doctors Without Borders were killed and 30 were missing after an explosion near their hospital in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz that may have been caused by a U.S. airstrike.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said 10 to 15 “terrorists” had been hiding in the hospital at the time of the strike. “All of the terrorists were killed but we also lost doctors,” he told a press conference. He said 80 staff at the hospital, including 15 foreigners, had been taken to safety.
UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said: “If established as deliberate in a court of law, an air strike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.”
“Hospitals accommodating patients and medical personnel may never be the object of attack, and international humanitarian law also prohibits the use of medical facilities for military purposes,” said Haysom, the U.N. special representative for Afghanistan.
The International Committee of the Red Cross, which also has facilities in Kunduz, said it was “deeply shocked.”