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President Obama apologizes for airstrike that hit Doctors Without Borders hospital

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan – President Obama is apologizing after a U.S. airstrike hit a hospital in Afghanistan, killing medical staff, patients and children.

On Saturday, a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan was accidentally hit after Afghan forces called for air support from the military, according to U.S. officials.

The bombing killed 12 medical personnel and 10 patients, including three children. The global charity group says another 37 people were wounded.

On Wednesday, it was announced that President Obama called and apologized to Doctors Without Borders President Joanne Liu.

According to CNN, Doctors Without Borders has said it believes the bombing was a war crime and has called the airstrike “an attack on the Geneva Conventions.”

The organization has asked for an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to look into the strike.

“The reality is the U.S. dropped those bombs. The U.S. hit a huge hospital full of wounded patients and MSF staff. The U.S. military remains responsible for the targets it hits, even though it is part of a coalition,” the group said in a statement. “There can be no justification for this horrible attack. With such constant discrepancies in the U.S. and Afghan accounts of what happened, the need for a full transparent independent investigation is ever more critical.”

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