Obama ‘apologized’ to MSF for Kunduz hospital strike – White House
US President Barack Obama has apologized to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for the deadly US airstrike that killed the agency’s staff and patients in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
“This morning from the Oval Office, President Obama spoke by telephone with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu, to apologize and express his condolences for the MSF staff and patients who were killed and injured when a US military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan over the weekend,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said in the White House briefing.
Earnest described the hospital bombing as a “terrible tragedy,” saying that neither he nor anyone else had any evidence that it was anything more than a mistake.
MSF has called for an independent investigation of the attack, calling it a war crime.
“Under the clear presumption that a war crime has been committed, MSF demands that a full and transparent investigation into the event be conducted by an independent international body,” MSF General Director Christopher Stokes said in a statement on Sunday.