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NATO ‘Horrific Bombing’ of Afghan Clinic Kills Many Medical Staff

Posted by feww on October 3, 2015

MSF strongly condemns aerial bombardment of Kunduz clinic

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has condemned in the strongest possible terms deadly airstrikes on its clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan.

At least nine MSF staff were killed in the attack and many were unaccounted for, as of posting.

The strikes continued for more than 30 minutes after the US and Afghan authorities were informed of its location, said the Medical charity.

NATO has admitted that US forces were conducting aerial bombardment at the time, and that the clinic may have been hit, said reports.

“US forces conducted an air strike in Kunduz city at 02:15… against individuals threatening the forces,” said a spokesman for US forces in Afghanistan.

“The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility,” he said

Dozens of people were seriously injured, including 19 MSF staff, said the NGO.

Statement by MSF

MSF had informed all fighting parties of hospital GPS coordinates

MSF condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific bombing of its hospital in Kunduz full of staff and patients. MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities – hospital, guest-house, office and an outreach stabilization unit in Chardara (to the north-west of Kunduz). As MSF does in all conflict contexts, these precise locations were communicated to all parties on multiple occasions over the past months, including most recently on 29 September.

The bombing continued for more than 30 minutes after American and Afghan military officials in Kabul and Washington were first informed. MSF urgently seeks clarity on exactly what took place and how this terrible event could have happened.

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135 Civilians Killed in Saudi Airstrike on Yemen Wedding

Posted by feww on September 29, 2015

Saudi airstrikes continue to target civilians

The UN has condemned airstrikes that reportedly targeted a wedding party in Wahijah village, outside of the Red Sea port city of Mokha in Yemen, killing as many as 135 people, most of whom were women and children. Number of the wounded is not yet known.

Riyadh has denied responsibility for the deadly attacks.

The airstrike followed attacks by Saudi-led coalition helicopters that reportedly killed more than 30 people—primarily civilians—in a northern Yemeni village a day earlier.

The death toll from Saudi airstrikes and fighting on the ground has reached more than 5,000 people, including about 2,360 civilians,  since March 26, when Houthi fighters and allied army units forced Yemen’s “corrupt” president to flee the country.

About 21 million people, or 80% of the population, require some form of humanitarian assistance and at least 1.5 million people are internally displaced, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

9 in 10 deaths and injuries from explosive weapons in Yemen are civilian: UNOCHA

About 86 percent of the people killed or injured by explosive weapons are civilians, according to a report: “State of crisis: explosive weapons in Yemen,” issued this week by OCHA and NGO Action on Armed Violence (AOAV).

This number rises to 95 per cent when explosive weapons are used in populated areas.

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