NGO Alliance Condemns MSF hospital attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON – On October 3, 2015, a U.S. airstrike killed 22 people at a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Speaking in response, InterAction President and CEO Sam Worthington said:

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