Dutch soldiers accused of war crime

13th September 2010, Comments 0 comments


Dutch soldiers stationed in the Afghan province of Uruzgan allegedly violated the laws of war when they carried out a raid on a hospital in the provincial capital Tarin Kowt in 2009. The Dutch soldiers were looking for injured Taliban fighters.

The allegation is made by Dutch journalist Joeri Boom in his book ‘Like a night with a thousand stars’ According to the Fourth Geneva Convention it’s a war crime for armed soldiers to enter a hospital looking for enemies. The Dutch defence ministry denies the laws of war were violated. The raid took place in April 2009, six days after a rocket attack on the main Dutch base Kamp Holland in which PFC Azdin Chadli was killed and five other soldiers injured. The Dutch troops suspected that the Taliban fighters responsible for the attack were hiding in the hospital.




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