Respecting enemies to protect civilians

Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

“By almost any measure from the battlefields of the world’s major current wars, the global rules for protecting innocent civilians in conflict seem to be losing their force. Russia pounded more than 30 towns and villages over the weekend, opening a new front in northeastern Ukraine. A year-old civil war in Sudan has displaced 8.2 million people. On Friday, the Biden administration reported to Congress that Israel has likely violated international humanitarian law in its military response to the Oct. 7 attack, during which Hamas militants killed roughly 1,200 Israelis and took more than 250 hostages. The report documents the use of weapons supplied by the United States in Israeli strikes against civilian targets and aid workers during its seven-month war in Gaza. It also indicates a failure to protect innocent Palestinians from attacks by Israeli settlers in the West Bank and mistreatment of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.” (05/13/24)