• publish: 30 April 2016
  • time: 11:43 am
  • category: Politics
  • No: 3811

US says deadly airstrike on Kunduz hospital ‘not a war crime’

The US military released a report on Friday regarding a deadly airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, stating that the raid did not amount to a war crime.

The report further added that the tragic incident was caused by human error, equipment failure and other factors. according to Khaama press.

General Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, said “The investigation concluded that certain personnel failed to comply with the rules of engagement and the law of armed conflict.”

He was speaking during a news briefing on Friday to release the final report. “However, the investigation did not conclude that these failures amounted to a war crime,” Gen. Votel added.

According to Gen. Votel, none of the service members were aware that they were striking a hospital.

At least 42 people were killed and 37 others were wounded in the airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz on 3rd October.

The airstrike was carried out as the Taliban militants had captured the strategic Kunduz city and were on the verge of taking control of some of the last areas remaining, including the airport.

Meanwhile, the final report by MSF states that 170 individuals and families had received condolence payments and and $5.7 million had been approved to reconstruct the MSF facility.

According to Gen. Votel, those killed had received $6,000 while $3,000 had been paid for those injured in the airstrike.

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  1. Jenelle at 15 May 2016:
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    The memory of Roald Dahl that is most vivid for me was when I was in hospital as a little girl. I’d been rushed in because my throat had basically closed up, and for a while there was the real possibility that I could have died. I di#7nd821&;t know that at the time though, so all I knew was that my mum was reading Matilda to me for being a brave girl. It’s only recently that I realised just how terrifying that was for her, so I can only be grateful that she coped so well. Regardless, Matilda has always held a special place in my heart since then.

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