Today's Big Stories

MSF hospital bombing: 'US-led coalition forces knew their target'

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says it was doing everything possible to secure the safety of its staff after at least 22 people were killed in a bombing at a hospital run by the group in Afghanistan.

The US military has acknowledged it may have bombed a hospital during its airstrikes against the Taliban in the city of Kunduz early on Saturday morning.

MSF's Jens Pedersen confirmed that 10 patients (three of them children) were killed and 12 aid workers and doctors have died.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:

Pedersen said the coalition forces must have been aware of their target, and the presence of the MSF-run hospital in Kunduz.

We are filled with anger and sadness over the scale and loss of our colleagues and patients. The hospital was hit consecutively, for almost an hour, by airstrikes. It is unimaginable to think how this can happen.

Jens Pedersen, MSF Humanitarian Policy Advisor

Andrew Bassone, EWN's Middle East Correspondent, says the US governemnt has not denied the allegations.

MSF has called for an independent investigation and has denied that Taliban members were at the hospital.

Listen to the full conversation (with Ray White standing in) on The Midday Report:

The northern city of Kunduz has been the scene of fierce fighting since the Taliban captured it a week ago.

The US military said it conducted an air strike “in the vicinity” of the hospital as it targeted Taliban insurgents who were allegedly directing fire on US military personnel.


This article first appeared on 702 : MSF hospital bombing: 'US-led coalition forces knew their target'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Why family traditions matter

Why family traditions matter

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Popular articles
Hermanus resident says that violent housing protests could've been avoided

Hermanus resident says that violent housing protests could've been avoided

It’s easy to blame a small bunch of thugs but I really don’t think that’s the case – Vanessa, Hermanus resident

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Naked Scientist: How much water is too much for your body a day?

Chris Smith explains why you need to replace what you are losing and how too much water can pose some health risks.

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

[LISTEN] Zille responds to Lindiwe Mazibuko comments that she undermined her

Helen Zille responds to alleged comments made by Lindiwe Mazibuko at a dinner, saying she's doing the same to Musi Maimane.

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

[WATCH] Melania Trump's reaction after shaking Putin's hand

Waitress praised for standing up for herself after a man touched her butt on his way to the toilet and a dog comforts its owner.

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.