Doctors Without Borders Staff Shot While Fleeing Kunduz Hospital, Report Finds

Source: Huffington Post

The medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders released its internal report 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.

Joanne Liu , international president of Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), speaks during a press conference in Geneva on October 7, 2015, on the bombing by US forces of a hospital of the medical charity in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which killed 22 people. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Joanne Liu , international president of Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French name Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), speaks during a press conference in Geneva on October 7, 2015, on the bombing by US forces of a hospital of the medical charity in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which killed 22 people. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

“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.”

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