More details emerge following the apparent aerial bombing of @doctorswithoutborders Kunduz Trauma Centre, overnight. Colonel Brian Tribus, spokesperson for the U.S. Military in Afghanistan, has told @pajhwok Afghan News that damage caused to the MSF hospital may have been collateral damage resulting from a U.S. air strike carried out at 2:15AM this morning. MSF released a statement early this morning confirming the deaths of 3 of its staff while 30 are unaccounted for. Many patients are also believed to have perished. Kunduz’s Director of Health has told Pajhwok that dozens of doctors, health workers and patients were killed. This photo was taken in the operating theatre of the Kunduz Trauma Centre in May this year, following a spike in casualties—the result of the Taliban’s first major assault in the north of Afghanistan this year—on the provincial capital and surrounding districts. While the Taliban failed to breach the Kunduz City boundaries in April, hundreds of fighters managed to do so last Monday. After holding Kunduz until Wednesday, Afghan Government forces have since managed to wrest back parts, however fierce fighting continued—including in areas immediately adjacent the trauma centre, which lies in the centre of the city. Due to its strict policy of impartiality, remarkably, #MSF continued to work throughout the week, treating hundreds of patients wounded in the fighting, regardless of whether they were civilian, government soldiers or Taliban insurgents. Donations to MSF can be made by copying the following URL into your browser: http://www.msf.org/donate Andrew Quilty / Oculi for MSF. #Kunduz #Afghanistan #hospital MSF kunduz.
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