WASHINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama has called the president of Doctors Without Borders to “apologize and express condolences” after a U.S. airstrike on the group’s hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz killed 22 patients and staff.”In this case, there was a mistake and it’s one that U.S. owns up to,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
Doctors Without Borders, (Médecins Sans Frontières) has called for an international humanitarian fact-finding commission to investigate the U.S. airstrike. Established in 1991 under the Geneva Conventions, the commission is the only permanent body whose goal specifically is to investigate violations of international humanitarian law, but it has never been used.
Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders, said it is time to activate this fact-finding tool.“The facts and circumstances of this attack must be investigated independently and impartially, particularly given the inconsistency in the U.S. and Afghan accounts of what happened over the recent days,” she stressed. “We cannot rely on internal military investigation by the U.S., NATO and Afghan forces.”