US to offer money to victims of airstrike on Kunduz hospital

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The US government will offer condolence payments to the injured and families of those killed in an aerial bombing of a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Saturday.

It is “important to address the consequences of the tragic incident” in which 22 civilians were killed at the Doctors Without Borders hospital “as a result of US military operations,” Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook said.

The US will also help pay to rebuild the hospital, which was heavily damaged in the October 3 attack. If necessary, the administration of President Barack Obama would seek further approval from Congress.

Obama called the president of Doctors Without Borders to apologize for the attack on Wednesday.

“When we make a mistake we own up to it,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “We apologize, and we make changes to be sure it won’t occur again in the future.”

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