Malkut # 103 The Protected Status of Mosques - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jeff Northridge
    • 27.07.06 | 22:21 (IDT)

    Howdy Malkut; The protected status of hospitals, mosques, schools, etc. is not absolute. In Annex I of the Fourth Geneva Convention, Article 5 says: "Hospital and safety zones shall be subject to the following obligations: (a) the lines of communication and means of transport which they possess shall not be used for the transport of military personnel or material, even in transit (b) they shall in no case be defended by military means." Article 9 of Annex I goes on to say "If, when the time limit has expired, the Power governing the zone has not complied with the warning, the adverse Party may declare that it is no longer bound by the present agreement in respect of the said zone." The time limit being referred to is five days. If Hezbollah uses a protected site for military purposes and refuses to desist from doing so for a period of five days after being warned about it, then the IDF can flatten the place. I didn't write international law; somebody else did, but that's it

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    First published 00:00 27.07.06 | Last updated 00:00 27.07.06
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