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    Those responsible for the recent airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz may face criminal and administrative charges, the top US military commander in Afghanistan warned on Thursday.

    The military personnel most closely associated with the strike have been suspended from their duties, pending the full adjudication process, according to General John Campbell, the top NATO and US commander in Afghanistan.

    “Those individuals most closely associated with the incident have been suspended from their duties, pending consideration and disposition of administrative and disciplinary matters,” General Campbell said during a news conference in Kabul on Wednesday.

    When interviewed by Sputnik on Thursday, Afghan rights activist Ne’matollah Elahi said that the US should also provide material compensation to the victims of the October 3 airstrike that mistakenly killed 30 people at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz.

    “I hope all those responsible for this crime will face justice, but it also demonstrated the Americans’ disregard for the Afghan people. Some people argue that it was the direct result of “avoidable human error and equipment failures,” that the hospital was misidentified as a target by the Americans who believed they were striking a nearby building where there were reports of Taliban, Islamic State or some other terrorists taking shelter. But what about international law, which explicitly prohibits attacks on civilian facilities?” Ne’matollah Elahi wondered.

    His opinion was fully echoed by Afghan MP Nazar Torkman.

    “There is no guarantee that such attacks on civilian facilities will not happen again… The Americans have since been striking out at targets located in the direct vicinity of populated areas, with artillery shells flying over schoolhouses and hospitals, killing and maiming our people… We are fed up with all these “mistakes.” They have modern technology but somehow keep shooting clear of their targets,” he said.

    In the early hours of October 3, 2015, a US helicopter gunship attacked a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz killing 30 people and injuring dozens more, in one of the worst civilian-casualty incidents of the war in Afghanistan.

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