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Over 200,000 Back Impartial Inquiry Into US Bombing of Kunduz Hospital

© REUTERS / Stringer A vehicle is parked in front of a damaged building at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan October 16, 2015.
A vehicle is parked in front of a damaged building at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Kunduz, Afghanistan October 16, 2015. - Sputnik International
A petition calling on US President Barack Obama to allow an independent investigation into the US deadly bombing of the Kunduz hospital in northern Afghanistan has gathered over 217,000 signatures.

In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 photo, an employee of Doctors Without Borders walks inside the charred remains of their hospital after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan. - Sputnik International
'It Wasn't a Mistake': MSF Chief Slams US Bombing of Afghan Hospital
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The call, posted at the Change.org website, was initiated by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, a health charity that ran the bombed-out medical facility. The aid group hopes to collect 300,000 signatures.

The US airstrike on October 3 killed 22 people at the hospital, including 12 MSF staff and 10 patients. US and Afghan governments opened a probe into what they claim was an accidental bombing.

MSF argued in its petition that, "it is impossible to expect the parties involved in the conflict to carry out independent and impartial investigations of acts in which they themselves are implicated."

The Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen in flames, after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 - Sputnik International
US Military Knew Kunduz Airstrike Target Was a Hospital
The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC), a never-used body created in 1991, agreed last week to investigate this tragic incident, but consent of investigated parties is needed to launch an inquiry.

"Now that the call to mobilize the IHFFC has been answered, we are calling for the United States and the Obama administration to consent to the IHFFC investigation into the Kunduz hospital bombing, as it must before a truly impartial truth-seeking investigation can be launched," the petition read.

Almost 200 people were inside the Kunduz hospital at the time of the air attack, which continued for about an hour. MSF stressed several times that both Washington and Kabul knew the precise GPS coordinates of the four-year-old health facility.

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