“October 3, 2015, will forever remain a dark day in the history of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),” wrote the international humanitarian organization in a statement announcing the identities of the 14 staff members killed in the U.S. bombing of its hospital.
“On that day, in the early morning hours, MSF’s trauma hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was hit with precise and repeated airstrikes for more than an hour,” MSF continued. “Even as the attack continued, our colleagues fought for their lives and for the lives of their patients with extraordinary determination and courage.”
30 people in all were killed in the U.S. bombing. A hospital nurse present said there “are no words for how terrible it was,” noting “patients were burning in their beds.” MSF released a phone log detailing 18 calls and messages the hospital made to American and Afghan officials as they were attacked for more than an hour.