Air strike kills Doctors Without Borders MSF clinic staff in Kunduz, Afghanistan
About two o’clock in the morning, Saturday, October 3 , the Hospital of Doctors Without Borders ( MSF) was bombed in the city of Kunduz , the main town in north- eastern Afghanistan , plagued since Monday in heavy fighting between Taliban and Afghan forces.
“Several strikes have hit our buildings at night, we count , for now three dead and thirty missing but the situation is chaotic, our Afghan and international staff working in the hospital and lived there for most because of fights that reigned in the city since Monday , “said Saturday in the World, a senior of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Kabul.
MSF immediately asked accounts for NATO in Kabul, demanding to know the conditions under which circumstances such event has occurred. Colonel Brian Tribus, spokesperson of the mission of the alliance in Afghanistan, said, meanwhile, that “the strikes that hit the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital was people who threatened the coalition forces, it could have caused collateral damage in a medical center that was close “, adding that” an investigation was opened. “
Deeply shocked at bombing of MSF hospital in #Kunduz. Staff and patients killed. MSF urges fighting parties to respect health facilities
— MSF International (@MSF) October 3, 2015
The day before the bombing, while Afghan military victory releases claiming recovery of Kunduz hands of the Taliban, officials of the Doctors Without Borders hospital, located in the heart of the city, showed to the world that shots fire still echoed on the outskirts of the same institution.
” Dead on the edge of the road”
“The front line is still very moving, often very close to our hospital, which is why our teams do not come out,” then explained Renzo Fricke, MSF coordinator for operations in Afghanistan. “Because of the insecurity still, we fear that many patients did not reach the hospital and have died on the roadside,” he said, adding that “not being able to land in Kunduz We’re running out of equipment for surgery and blood. “
In this hospital of Doctors Without Borders, alone since the fighting began on Monday, about 350 people were treated, including 59 children. Thursday afternoon and Friday, the number of injured was rising again. Civilian populations are running out of drinking water and the supply shortage is then felt that the prices of goods and commodities are rising.