Last week, the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, said a U.S. tank rammed through a gate of what was left of the hospital and "damaged property, destroyed potential evidence and caused stress and fear."
Today, a Pentagon spokesman, Captain Jeff Davis, says that troops made their way onto the site "in the interests of safety and in the belief that [Doctors Without Borders] personnel were not on site."
“Unbeknownst to our team there, there were MSF personnel and they were understandably not happy that we had broken that.”
He added that they were using an "Afghan, tracked vehicle," and that personnel would fix the gate soon.
“They did it, they shouldn’t have. They should have coordinated ahead of time and they are going to make it right and make sure that gate is repaired,” Davis added.
The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan says a U.S. tank just ran though the hospital without permission — potentially destroying evidence in imminent war crimes investigation.
The attack has been under intense scrutiny by the media and MSF officials.
While U.S. officials have gone back and forth on whether or not they knew about the location of the hospital, often calling the airstrike a "mistake," one thing remains clear: the hospital went out of their way to let Washington know their exact location so that they would not be targeted.
Doctors Without Borders says the U.S. tank’s "unannounced and forced entry damaged property, destroyed potential evidence and caused stress and fear."
This news comes shortly after the Associated Press discovered evidence that the U.S. had been gathering intelligence on the Afghan hospital in order to determine whether or not the hospital was being used as a base of operations for the Taliban.
Even more disturbing, the Associated Press was told by an unnamed former intelligence reporter that the U.S. special operations analysts had circled the hospital on a map days before the airstrike.
The U.S. has not immediately responded to requests for comments on the tank’s intrusion.
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