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The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen after explosions in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday.

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Injured Doctors Without Borders staff are seen after the airstrike in Kunduz. The group now suspects the incident was a war crime.

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Fire in a hospital in Kunduz after the bombings on Saturday, at least 22 people were killed in the airstrike.

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Afghan MSF surgeons work in an undamaged part of the MSF hospital in Kunduz after the operating theatres were destroyed in an air strike on Oct. 3.

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President Obama on Wednesday personally apologized to Doctors Without Borders for a mistaken airstrike that killed 22 people at a field hospital in Afghanistan, the White House said.

“When we make a mistake, we’re honest about it, we own up to it, we apologize where necessary, as the President did in this case,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

“We implement the kinds of changes that make it less likely that those kinds of mistakes will occur in the future.”

Earnest said Obama, in a telephone call from the Oval Office, spoke with Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu, “to apologize and express his condolences” for the staff and patients who were killed and injured during a US military airstrike Saturday.

The president also spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to “express his condolences for the innocent loss of life in that incident,” Earnest said.

Joanne Liu, international president of MSF, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.”Martial Trezzini/AP

Joanne Liu, international president of MSF, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.”

The attack killed 12 staff members and 10 patients, including three children.

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U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell, commander of the Resolute Support Mission and United States Force Afghanistan, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.Mark Wilson/Getty Images

U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell, commander of the Resolute Support Mission and United States Force Afghanistan, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.

 

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