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October 15, 2015

Global Body Ready to Investigate Charity Hospital Bombing

The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission has offered to investigate the U.S. airstrike that killed 22 people at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan earlier this month but is awaiting a green light from the American and Afghan governments, Reuters reports.

The aid charity, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières, has demanded that the independent panel, established in 1991 under the Geneva Conventions but never activated to date, review the October 3 bombing in Kunduz. The Pentagon has taken responsibility for the raid and is conducting an investigation, as are NATO and the Afghan government.

The affected countries must consent for the humanitarian commission to undertake an inquiry. The panel has "offered its services to the governments of the USA and Afghanistan" and is waiting for a response, said a spokesman for the foreign ministry of Switzerland, which provides a secretariat for the Berne-based commission.