UN Commissioner Says Kunduz Hospital Airstrikes ‘Inexcusable’

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff are seen during a surgery after a U.S. airstrike hit a MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan

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There should be a “swift, full and transparent” investigation into the airstrikes that hit a hospital in Kunduz, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.

“This event is utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal,” Zeid said in an e-mailed statement Saturday.

“International and Afghan military planners have an obligation to respect and protect civilians at all times, and medical facilities and personnel are the object of a special protection,” Zeid said. “These obligations apply no matter whose air force is involved, and irrespective of the location.”

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