A little over four years after its doors first opened ...this doctors without borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was reduced to rubbleDozens of patients and staff were killed by a series of US airstrikes The first of some 211 shells was fired at around 2am in an onslaught that would last almost an hourIn the days that followed, the US military's account of what had happened changed several timesAfter initially denying the building had been targetted, it was then claimed US forces had been threatened before it was announced Afghan forces had called for back-upGENERAL JOHN CAMPBELL, U.S. COMMANDER OF INTERNATIONAL FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN, SAYING: - October 5 Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from U.S. forces. An air strike was then called to eliminate the Taliban threat, and several civilians were accidentally struck.The US military says the hospital was hit as a result of a series of human errors and technical failuresAmong them, electronic malfunctions that prevented electronic messages and onboard videoAfghan officials claim they were being attacked by Taliban fighters inside the hospitalAn account rejected by Doctors Without Borders and some eyewitnesses who say the Taliban were in a National Security building across the streetMEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES OPERATIONAL DIRECTORATE PRESIDENT, MEINIE NICOLAI, SAYING: - October 6Our staff has heard no fighting coming from the compound. This compound is guarded, is fenced, and the only patients inside the building were - as I said - patients and staff The attack came a month after Kunduz fell into the Taliban's hands Concerned about being caught up in the violence, the day before the attack Doctors Without Borders contacted five Afghan ministries, the army, the US embassy, NATO and the UN to reaffirm the hospital's neutral position
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A little over four years after its doors first opened ...this doctors without borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan was reduced to rubbleDozens of patients and staff were killed by a series of US airstrikes The first of some 211 shells was fired at around
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