A shocking new report claims that U.S. officials knew they were bombing a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Iraq but went ahead with the air strike regardless.
The report by the Associated Press alleges that American special operations analysts moved forward with the October 3 attack, which claimed the lives of 22 people and wounded 37 more, because they believed a Pakistani was holding heavy weapons in storage and using the hospital as a command centre.
The new information comes courtesy of an AP source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, and those at the top of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) believe the new details suggest the hospital was targeted intentionally.
MSF President Meinie Nicolai said:
This would amount to a premeditated massacre. Reports like this underscore how critical it is for the Obama administration to immediately give consent to an independent and impartial investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission to find out how and why US forces attacked our hospital.
[Hospital staff] reported a calm night and that there were no armed combatants, nor active fighting in or from the compound prior to the airstrikes.
This report follows MSF claims on Friday that a U.S. tank entered the grounds of the hospital without permission and damaged the compound, which they allege destroyed potential evidence.
Since the attack, Doctors Without Borders have called for an independent investigation into the bombing and this latest revelation will only strengthen their resolve.
The group have launched a Change.org petition calling for an investigation separate from NATO and the U.S. and Afghan governments, which you can read and sign here.