November 29, 2014

Afghan and NATO troops attack health clinic in Wardak

By Sayed Jawad - Sat Dec 08 2012, 10:02 am

Swedish Aid Committee officials said Afghan and NATO troops attacked a health clinic in Sebak village at Chak district of central Maidan Wardak province nearly a month ago. The joint forces arrested civilians workers of the health clinic after destroying the medical equipments, beds and windows.

According to Guardian NATO troops used the health clinic as command base for almost 3 days and used the clinic to fire mortar rounds which is totally against the Geneva convention.

In the meantime ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz said the clinic was not a target and the joint forces understood it was a health clinic after entering the compound.

He said, “The joint forces became aware of the health clinic after seeing a nurse helping a patient. It was not a prime target and NATO troops even did not know it was a health clinic. Our forces prevented to enter the room where the nurse was helping the patient but the security forces used the compound to keep the arrested individuals due to the cold weather.”

A Swedish Aid Committee member condemning the attack said it was clearly against the Geneva Convention.

Erica Gaston a human rights activist and lawyer and head of the program at Peace Organization based in US said supporting the health workers and protection of their facilities and to respect their independency are the main principles of International Human Rights Regulation.

Miss Gaston said it will an Explicit violation if the reports were correct and I will be wondered how NATO commandment allowed the forces to use the health compound for several days.

However ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Gunter Katz said NATO troops and their Afghan counterparts remains committed to consider all international regulations and to prevent harming the civilians and facilities used by civilians.

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