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Israel's Account of WCK Killings Raises New Issue of International Law Violation

April 8, 2024 (EIRNS)—"In the case of doubt as to a convoy or person’s status, one is to presume civilian status,” said Tom Dannenbaum, an expert on international humanitarian law, according to the New York Times. “Attacking in the context of doubt is itself a violation of international law,” Dannenbaum said. Rules of engagement are not left to personal whims.

Humanitarian aid workers, aid vehicles, and aid facilities are required to have a heightened level of protection. The fact that the IDF gave these aid workers a prearranged time of travel, “deconflicted” route of travel, and used clearly marked vehicles suggests an even greater legal weight of presumption of civilian status.

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