Sama condemns US bombing of MSF hospital

The association has called on the Dirco to speak up about the bombing and to push for answers.

In this photograph released by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on October 3, 2015, fires burn in part of the MSF hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz after it was hit by an air strike. An air strike on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz on October 3 left several Doctors Without Borders staff dead and dozens more unaccounted for, with NATO conceding US forces may have been behind the bombing. Picture: AFP / MSF.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Medical Association (Sama) is calling on government to condemn the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF) hospital in Afghanistan.

At least 12 staff members and ten patients were killed in the air-strike over the weekend, which the United States (US) Army has described as a ' tragic mistake' during a mission aimed at targeting the Taliban.

The association has called on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) to speak up about the bombing and push for answers.

Sama chairman Mzukisi Grootboom says, "There should be a thorough and impartial investigation, at the level of the United Nations, and if there is any individual groups or nations that are involved then they should be brought to book."

Grootboom added that all steps need to be taken to make sure such an incident doesn't happen again.

Meanwhile, MSF says the version given by the US government keeps changing.

It has called for a full inquiry.