The New York Times is reporting that a United States airstrike has resulted in the deaths of 16 people in a Doctors Without Borders run-hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Some of the dead include three children among the seven patients, as well as nine staff workers. As of now, the strike also left 37 wounded and the hospital at least partially destroyed.
The A.P. reports that the U.N. human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called the airstrike, “”tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal.” He also added that, “If established as deliberate in a court of law, an airstrike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.”
According to CNN, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the following:
“While we are still trying to determine exactly what happened, I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected. A full investigation into the tragic incident is underway in coordination with the Afghan government.”
This is devastating news in a country that is so ravaged by violence and war. May the victims rest in peace and may peace find a way to the people in Afghan.
We will continue to keep an eye on the story.