Updated October 3 at 12:15 p.m. ET
Early Saturday morning, a Doctors Without Borders trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan—the only functioning medical center in that part of the country—was unexpectedly hit by a U.S. airstrike. At least 12 staff members and seven patients were killed, and 37 people were injured.
A NATO coalition spokesman said the U.S.-led forces intended the strike as a response against a perceived Taliban threat nearby.
A spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders said “all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington” had clearly been informed of the exact GPS coordinates of the international charity’s trauma center. The charity, also known internationally as Médecins Sans Frontières, posted on its website that—since fighting in the area first broke out between the Taliban and the Afghan military on Monday—the hospital has treated 394 wounded. Over 80 medical staff members and 105 patients were on site when the strike rocked the building.
“MSF urgently seeks clarity on exactly what took place and how this terrible event could have happened,” the spokeswoman said, adding that bombing continued for more than half an hour after military officials on both sides were contacted.