Date
23 March 2017
A US air strike on Saturday left an MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in ruins and 22 people dead. Photo: AFP/MSF
A US air strike on Saturday left an MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in ruins and 22 people dead. Photo: AFP/MSF

Obama apologizes for bombing of Afghan hospital

US President Barack Obama has apologized to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

But the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate what it calls a war crime, Reuters reported.

MSF, also known as Doctors Without Borders, said an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry.

Three investigations have already begun into Saturday’s air strike, which killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff.

Obama telephoned MSF international president Joanne Liu on Wednesday to apologize and express his condolences, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

Asked whether Obama offered an explanation to Liu, Earnest said no.

“He merely offered his heartfelt apology” and a commitment to find out what went wrong, he said.

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