United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Practice Relating to Rule 12. Definition of Indiscriminate Attacks
Section A. Attacks which are not directed at a specific military objective
The UK LOAC Pamphlet (1981) defines indiscriminate attacks as “attacks which are not directed at a military objective and which are likely to strike at military objectives and civilian objects without distinction”.
The UK LOAC Manual (2004) states:
Indiscriminate attacks are:
(a) “those which are not directed at a specific military objective”;
“and consequently, in each such case, are of a nature to strike military objectives and civilians or civilian objects without distinction.”
In 1991, in a report submitted to the UN Security Council on operations in the Gulf War, the United Kingdom criticized Iraq for launching indiscriminate missile attacks against civilians.