The Pentagon said Saturday it will issue payments to the families of the civilians killed and injured during last week’s deadly U.S. strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
“The Department of Defense believes it is important to address the consequences of the tragic incident,” Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook 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 U.S. military operations.”
The U.S. government has regularly issued payments to Afghans for property damage, injuries and deaths throughout its military presence in the embattled country. The Oct. 3 attack on the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian aid group, killed 22 people and wounded 37 more.