Pentagon making ‘condolence payments’ to US airstrike on Afghan hospital victims

United States Department of Defense will be providing the families of civilians killed and civilians injured in the tragic accidental US military airstrike on Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) field hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. “The Department of Defense believes it is important to address the consequences of the tragic incident at the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a released statement.

The said airstrike reportedly by a US AC-130 gunship, Saturday, killed at least 22 people including 12 staff of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) while 10 were patients, including three children.

“One step the Department can take is to make condolence payments to civilian non-combatants injured and the families of civilian non-combatants killed as a result of U.S. military operations,” Cook added.

The US defense department said under the Commanders’ Emergency Response Program (CERP), US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) has the authority to make condolence payments and payments toward repair of the hospital.

“USFOR-A will work with those affected to determine appropriate payments. If necessary and appropriate, the administration will seek additional authority from the Congress,” Cook said.