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USA: 'Human errors & equipment failures' behind MSF hospital strike in Kunduz01:01

USA: 'Human errors & equipment failures' behind MSF hospital strike in Kunduz

United States, Washington, D.C.
April 29, 2016 at 20:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

The October US air strike on a Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) hospital in Kunduz was "caused by a combination of human errors, [and] compounded by process and equipment failures," said the head of US Central Command, General Joseph L. Votel. General Votel made the comments during a briefing on the investigation into the incident at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

General Votel stated that "the investigation concluded that the personnel involved did not know they were striking a medical facility. The intended target was an insurgent-controlled site, which was approximately 400 metres from the Doctors Without Borders trauma centre."

Moreover, "the investigation determined that all members of both the ground force and the AC-130 air crew were unaware that the aircraft was firing on a medical facility throughout the engagement."

Forty-two people were killed following the US air strike on a MSF hospital in Kunduz on October 3, 2015. US President Barack Obama apologised for the incident shortly afterwards and offered condolence payments to the victims' families.

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The October US air strike on a Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) hospital in Kunduz was "caused by a combination of human errors, [and] compounded by process and equipment failures," said the head of US Central Command, General Joseph L. Votel. General Votel made the comments during a briefing on the investigation into the incident at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

General Votel stated that "the investigation concluded that the personnel involved did not know they were striking a medical facility. The intended target was an insurgent-controlled site, which was approximately 400 metres from the Doctors Without Borders trauma centre."

Moreover, "the investigation determined that all members of both the ground force and the AC-130 air crew were unaware that the aircraft was firing on a medical facility throughout the engagement."

Forty-two people were killed following the US air strike on a MSF hospital in Kunduz on October 3, 2015. US President Barack Obama apologised for the incident shortly afterwards and offered condolence payments to the victims' families.

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