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Art. 4
Art. 4. The ships mentioned in Articles 1, 2, and 3 shall afford relief and assistance to the wounded, sick, and shipwrecked of the belligerents without distinction of nationality.
The Governments undertake not to use these ships for any military purpose.
These vessels must in no wise hamper the movements of the combatants.
During and after an engagement they will act at their own risk and peril.
The belligerents shall have the right to control and search them; they can refuse to help them, order them off, make them take a certain course, and put a commissioner on board; they can even detain them, if important circumstances require it.
As far as possible, the belligerents shall enter in the log of the hospital ships the orders which they give them.

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