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US Punishment for Kunduz Hospital Bombing Insufficient Compared to Damage

© AFP 2021 / Najim RAHIM In this photograph taken on November 10 ,2015, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff walk in the damaged Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in northern Kunduz
In this photograph taken on November 10 ,2015, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff walk in the damaged Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital in northern Kunduz - Sputnik International
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The administrative measures announced by the United States against its servicemen involved in last year’s bombing of a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, are disproportionate to the amount of damage inflicted, MSF said Friday.

An interior view of the MSF Trauma Centre, 14 October 2015, shows a missile hole in the wall and the burnt-out remians of the the building aftera sustained attack on the facility in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan - Sputnik International
US Strike on MSF Hospital in Kunduz 'Unintentional', Not War Crime -CENTCOM
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On October 3, 2015, a US AC-130 gunship aircraft shot 30mm cannon shells for 30 minutes into a MSF hospital in Kunduz, killing more than 40 medical staff and patients, including children. Earlier on Friday, commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) Army Gen. Joseph Votel announced that Washington had taken administrative and disciplinary measures against the individuals involved.

"The administrative punishments announced by the U.S. today are out of proportion to the destruction of a protected medical facility, the deaths of 42 people, the wounding of dozens of others, and the total loss of vital medical services to hundreds of thousands of people," the organization said in a press release.

According to MSF, the "lack of meaningful accountability" sends a signal to the conflicting parties and is unlikely to deter "future violations of the rules of war."

Votel said that the attack represented a failure to follow the rules of engagement, but did not constitute a war crime.

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