Washington:(APS)President Obama called Doctors Without Borders to apologize for the U.S. bombing of its hospital in Afghanistan and promised changes to procedures if necessary, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
The apology came hours after the medical aid group called for an independent investigation of the attack under the terms of the Geneva Conventions. Doctors Without Borders has condemned the airstrike on the hospital in Kunduz as a possible “war crime.”
Earnest disputed claims the airstrike amounted to a war crime, saying there is no evidence “that this was anything other than a terrible, tragic mistake.”
At least 22 people were killed in Saturday’s airstrike, which the U.S. said was a mistake made during fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban, which took control of the city for three days last week.
“The president offered up his personal apology,” Earnest said. Obama told the organization that an ongoing Pentagon investigation would “provide a transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident,” he added.