24 Doctors Without Borders Staffers Still Missing After US Airstrike

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Kate Brown
A week following the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 24 staff members are still missing.

A week following the U.S. airstrike on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, 24 staff members are still missing.

According to the charity organization’s president, Dr. Joanne Liu, at least 22 people have died since the attack, including 12 staff members and 10 patients. Staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), as the charity it known, are still demanding an independent investigation into the attack.

According to a report by ABC News, “Guilhem Molinie, its representative for Afghanistan, said that of the 461 staffers who were in the hospital at the time of the strike, there are still 24 missing. Of the patients, there are still nine missing.”

"Our largest loss of life has occurred at the hands of American forces," he said.

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama called Dr. Liu to "apologize and express his condolences for the [Medécins Sans Frontières] staff and patients who were killed and injured when a U.S. military airstrike mistakenly struck an MSF field hospital." He also promised full transparency with the impending investigation.

Many claims have been made since the initial airstrike, some suggesting that the U.S. or Afghan troops may have felt overwhelmed by the Taliban fighters who were firing at them from around the hospital. That claim has not been confirmed.

MSF insists that they gave both sides of the conflict GPS locations of the hospital to avoid any involvement in the conflict. 

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