US Making 'Condolence Payments' in Hospital Bombing

Pentagon says it's 'important to address the consequences of the tragic incident'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2015 8:59 AM CDT
In this Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 file photo, the Doctors Without Borders hospital is in flames in Kunduz, Afghanistan, after being hit by a US airstrike.   (M?decins Sans Fronti?res via AP, File)

(Newser) – President Obama has apologized for the American-led airstrikes on the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz that killed 22, but the Pentagon is now putting its money where the White House's mouth is, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The Department of Defense believes it is important to address the consequences of the tragic incident," a Pentagon rep said in a statement. "One step the department can take is to make condolence payments to civilian noncombatants injured and the families of civilian noncombatants killed as a result of US military operations." It's unclear how much the payments will be, but the Times notes that it's not an unusual move. The Pentagon will also pay for repairs to the hospital. (Read more Doctors Without Borders stories.)

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