UN Rights Chief Says U.S. Strike At Afghan Hospital Is War Crime
The air strike at an Afghanistan hospital is being called “utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal,” by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
“This deeply shocking event should be promptly, thoroughly and independently investigated and the results should be made public,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said in a statement on Saturday.
“The seriousness of the incident is underlined by the fact that, if established as deliberate in a court of law, an airstrike on a hospital may amount to a war crime.”
He described the bombing as “utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal.”
“International and Afghan military planners have an obligation to respect and protect civilians at all times, and medical facilities and personnel are the object of a special protection. These obligations apply no matter whose air force is involved, and irrespective of the location.”