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    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) intends to ask US military officials for the details of the administrative measures in respect to those involved in the deadly airstrike on an MSF hospital in Afghanistan last October, an MSF spokeswoman told Sputnik on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, US Department of Defense spokesman Christopher Sherwood confirmed to Sputnik that 12 individuals had been suspended from their duties and were subject to administrative punishment, not facing criminal charges, for their role in the bombing of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz, which claimed 42 lives.

    "We are going to ask the US for precise information on what these disciplinary measures actually are before commenting," Charlotte Morris, a press officer of MSF, said.

    She added that nothing had been communicated to MSF by the US government concerning the investigation of the strike and the punishment for those responsible.

    "We do feel strongly though that the US needs to be transparent with the victims' families, MSF, and the public by giving details on what disciplinary measures they deem appropriate, and why, in response to the killing of 42 people," Morris stressed.

    The bombing of the MSF hospital, which the organization considers a war crime, came as NATO-backed Afghan forces clashed with insurgents for control of the northern provincial capital. The US military has carried out an investigation and blamed the incident on human error. President Barack Obama has apologized for the Kunduz attack, with the Pentagon promising to pay compensation to the families of those killed.

    In the coming weeks the Pentagon is due to publish a report with its version of the attack.


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