FW: Dr's Without Border shot
From: Fred-List manager (fholsoncohousing.org)
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 2015 05:02:26 -0800 (PST)
Patty forwarded the message below.  It was posted by
Fred, the Cohousing-L list manager <fholson [at] cohousing.org>

The article can be read with images including a diagram of the MSF
compund can be seen at:


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Thought some of Pax-Salon people would like to know more about what happened.   

> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Gary King <g5king [at] msn.com>
> Subject: FW: Dr's Without Border shot
> Date: November 5, 2015 at 10:09:33 AM CST
> To: Gary King g5k <g5king [at] msn.com>
> Not an accident. Murder.
> Doctors Without Borders Staff Shot While Fleeing Kunduz Hospital, Report Finds
> "MSF doctors and other medical staff were shot while running to reach safety 
> in a different part of the compound."
> Alana Horowitz Satlin 
> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alana-horowitz>Assignment Editor, The 
> Huffington Post
> ·
> Willa Frej <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/willa-frej>Reporter, The Huffington 
> Post
> ·
> ·
> Posted: 11/05/2015 07:01 AM EST | Edited: 1 hour ago
> Kunduz a few days after the attack.
> The medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders released its 
> internal report <http://kunduz.msf.org/pdf/20151030_kunduz_review_EN.pdf> on 
> Thursday about the October attack on its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
> At least 30 people were killed in the airstrikes, led by U.S. forces, the 
> report said. "Patients burned in their beds," it added, and "medical staff 
> were decapitated and lost limbs."
> The organization found that "a patient in a wheelchair attempting to escape 
> from the
> inpatient department ... was killed by shrapnel from a blast."
> The report also revealed that pilots shot at staff members fleeing the 
> hospital.
> "Many staff describe seeing people being shot, most likely from the plane, as 
> people tried to flee the main hospital building that was being hit with each 
> airstrike," the report said. "Some accounts mention shooting that appears to 
> follow the movement of people on the run. [Doctors Without Borders] doctors 
> and other medical staff were shot while running to reach safety in a 
> different part of the compound."
> Although the review isn't finished, Doctors Without Borders President Dr. 
> Joanne Liu said that the organization released the report to "counter 
> speculation and to be transparent."
> FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/GETTY IMAGESJoanne Liu, the president of Doctors Without 
> Borders, at a press conference in Geneva on Oct. 7, 2015.
> The U.S. said 
> <http://nypost.com/2015/10/06/us-airstrike-on-afghanistan-hospital-was-a-mistake-top-commander/>
>  last month that the airstrike was a mistake, but Doctors Without Borders, 
> also called Médecins Sans Frontières, or MSF, has called it a war crime 
> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doctors-without-borders-deliberate-hospital-bombing_5613dca5e4b0368a1a6108dd>
>  and demanded a humanitarian investigation.
> "The question remains as to whether our hospital lost its protected status in 
> the eyes of the military forces engaged in this attack -- and if so, why," 
> the report stated <http://kunduz.msf.org/pdf/20151030_kunduz_review_EN.pdf>. 
> "The answer does not lie within the MSF hospital. Those responsible for 
> requesting, ordering and approving the airstrikes hold these answers."
> The organization said that the hospital was "fully functioning as a hospital 
> with 105 patients admitted and surgeries ongoing at the time of the US 
> airstrikes." The facility, which opened in 2011, 
> <http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news-stories/press-release/afghanistan-msf-opens-surgical-hospital-kunduz>
>  was the only facility of its kind in the region and had performed more than 
> 15,000 surgeries since its opening, the report said. It was also "one of the 
> only buildings in the city that had full electricity from generator power on 
> the night of the airstrikes."
> Hospitals are generally protected 
> <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/10/26/there-are-still-a-lot-of-questions-around-the-u-s-bombing-of-the-msf-hospital-in-kuduz/>
>  under international combat laws, and Doctors Without Borders had pushed to 
> identify its Kunduz facility as a hospital. On the night before the attack, 
> the group said, "two MSF flags were placed on the roof of the hospital, in 
> addition to the existing flag that was being flown at the entrance to the 
> Trauma Centre.”
> On the night of the attack, the hospital "was busy and fully functional at 
> the time of the airstrike,” Doctors Without Borders said. "Medical staff were 
> making the most of the quiet night to catch up on the backlog of pending 
> surgeries."
> Explosions from the attack rocked the northeastern 
> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kunduz-doctors-without-borders_560fc571e4b0768127023cde>
>  Afghan city in the middle of the night on Oct. 3. It was the 12th U.S. 
> airstrike in the area in a five-day period.
> During the hour-long attack, hospital staff made 18 distress calls and texts 
> to officials in both Afghanistan and the U.S.
> A week before the bombing, the Taliban had captured 
> <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/doctors-without-borders-says-hospital-was-not-a-human-shield-for-taliban_561107e6e4b0af3706e11968?utm_hp_ref=world>
>  Kunduz -- the first time the group had taken a major urban center in almost 
> 15 years 
> <http://www.latimes.com/world/afghanistan-pakistan/la-fg-doctors-without-borders-says-its-afghan-hospital-was-deliberately-bombed-20151006-story.html>.
> Also on HuffPost:

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