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Red Cross deplores bombing of MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan

Red Cross stands with Médecins Sans Frontières in condemning the bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which killed several health workers and patients.

Monday October 5, 2015

Health Care in Danger campaign

Red Cross is deeply shocked by the bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan, and strongly condemns such violence against patients, medical workers and facilities.  

The bombing of the Trauma Centre in Kunduz took place on Saturday and claimed the lives of three MSF staff.  

Jean-Nicolas Marti from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan, said: "This is an appalling tragedy. Such attacks against health workers and facilities undermine the capacity of humanitarian organisations to assist the Afghan people at a time when they most urgently need it.  

"Neutral and impartial humanitarian assistance is crucial today in Afghanistan."   

Two ICRC medical staff had been helping at the hospital since the fighting erupted in Kunduz on 28 September. They were not harmed in the attack.  

The ICRC has reiterated its calls on all parties to the conflict to ensure the safety of the civilian population, medical staff and facilities.   

Australian Red Cross expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the attack and to our colleagues at MSF.  

Under International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the civilian population, medical personnel, ambulances and medical facilities must be respected and protected in all circumstances, and the work of medical personnel must be facilitated.  

Learn more about protections for medical personnel.