Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) will review its operations in Afghanistan after a deadly U.S. air strike on a hospital last weekend, says general director Christopher Stokes.
“The overwhelmingly shocking nature of the event forces us to take stock of our work in Afghanistan generally and to carefully weigh the safety and security of our staff and patients,” he said.
At least 22 patients and MSF staff were killed on Saturday when a U.S. aircraft attacked the hospital in Kunduz during fighting between Afghan government troops and Taliban forces.
MSF has criticized U.S. and Afghan authorities, who took days to accept responsibility.
They say the hospital location was clearly indicated and no Taliban fighters were occupying the site.
MSF has operated in Afghanistan since 1980, pulling out for a period after five staff were killed in 2004.
The Kunduz hospital has been shut down since the strike.
“Our future ability to work in Afghanistan will now be based on our ability to obtain a clear reaffirmation of the respect for humanitarian law,” he said.
MSF is now demanding that an international commission investigate the incident they consider a war crime.