Mon, 07 Sep 2009 15:47:24 GMT
A Swedish aid agency has accused American troops of storming through one of its hospitals in Afghanistan, breaking down doors and tying up staff, searching for wounded ‘Taliban fighters.’
The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan said Monday that soldiers from the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division entered a hospital last week without permission in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul.
“Upon entering the hospital they tied up four employees and two family members of patients at the hospital. SCA staffs as well as patients, even those in beds, were forced out of rooms (and) wards throughout the search,” the SCA said in a statement on its website, quoting country director Anders Fange.
The Swedish charity said the troops’ actions were a violation of the sanctity of medical facilities in combat zones, the New York Times reported.
The SCA — which helps the Afghans with education, health and disability issues — has been operational in Afghanistan since the 1980s, working in 16 provinces mostly in the east.
The US military said it was investigating the case.
US troops storm Afghan hospital
September 08, 2009
A Swedish aid group has accused American troops of storming a hospital in central Afghanistan, tying up staff, and breaking down doors under the pretense of rooting out insurgents.