Friday, April 29, 2016

Bombing Afghan and Syrian hospitals

About 16 US military personnel, including one general, have been disciplined in relation to the bombing of a civilian hospital run by the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year that killed 42 people, a senior US official said. No criminal charges were filed and the soldiers and officers received administrative punishments. None of those punished were sent to court martial.

Air strikes on the Medecins Sans Frontieres-backed al-Quds in Aleppo, Syria hospital killed at least 27 people, 14 patients, and three doctors. Sources blamed the Syrian military or  Russia's. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded a credible investigation into the hospital attack. 

Even if guilt is admitted, can we expect either the Syrian or Russian governments to punish their personnel appropriately? 

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