(CNN) – “Even war has rules,” said Jason Cone, the U.S. executive director of Doctors Without Borders.
The question now is, ‘Did the United States break those rules with airstrikes on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan Saturday?’
Cone said, “In Kunduz, our patients burned in their beds. Our doctors, nurses, and other staff were as well as they worked.” 12 staff members and ten patients died, dozens were injured.
On Wednesday, Doctors Without Borders called for an unprecedented independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission, which has been around a quarter century, but never actually used.
Cone said, “Particularly given the inconsistencies in the U.S. and Afghan accounts of what happened over recent days, we cannot rely only on internal military investigations by the U.S., NATO, and Afghan forces.”
The White House said President Obama called Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday to apologize and express his condolences. The President is confident in the current department of defense investigation, but didn’t say whether he supports the independent one.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, “The United States, when we make a mistake, we are honest about it, we own up to it, we apologize when necessary, as the president did in this case, and we implement the kind of changes that make it less likely that those kinds of mistakes will occur in the future.”
Doctors Without Borders said it notified coalition and Afghan forces of its coordinates just days before the bombings happened.