At least 22 patients and MSF staff were killed on Saturday when a U.S. aircraft attacked the hospital during fighting between Afghan government troops and Taliban forces.
MSF, which wants an independent international probe into the airstrike, says it has withdrawn its staff from Kunduz and is reviewing all its operations in Afghanistan "to carefully weigh the safety and security of staff and patients."
"MSF's decision to withdraw (from Kunduz), which is unfortunate but completely understandable, could have catastrophic consequences for civilians in the broader region," said Michael Kugelman, senior programme associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
"There are medical facilities in Kunduz and throughout northeastern Afghanistan, but the MSF hospital was the only one that could handle major war injuries. And yet at least for now it has closed down."MSF, which has been in Afghanistan since 1980, pulled out for a period after five staff were killed in 2004. It has already shut down its hospital's operations in Kunduz and has given no indication of when it might reopen.
According to experts Afghan civilians will bear the brunt after MSF hospital bombing.
The international humanitarian organization Doctors without Borders, also known by its French acronym MSF, is doubling down on its calls for an independent investigation into how and why U.S. forces repeatedly bombed its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. U.S. and Afghan officials have given contradicting accounts of what led to the bombing.