US military investigation of hospital bombing insufficient, says MSFBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2502 (Published 03 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2502
- Owen Dyer
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has repeated its call for an independent investigation into last October’s attack on the charity’s hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after a US military investigation ended with recommendations for administrative punishments against 16 unnamed servicemen, but no charges.1
“The investigation found that the incident resulted from a combination of unintentional human errors, process errors, and equipment failures, and that none of the personnel knew that they were striking a hospital,” said General Joseph Votel, who heads US Central Command and presented the report at a Pentagon press conference.
“The label ‘war crimes’ is typically reserved for intentional acts—intentionally targeting civilians or intentionally targeting protected objects or locations,” …