Practice Relating to Rule 7. The Principle of Distinction between Civilian Objects and Military Objectives
Benin’s Military Manual (1995) provides: “At all times, a distinction must be made between … military objectives and civilian objects”.
Benin’s Military Manual (1995) provides: “Attacks must be directed only against military objectives. These objectives must be identified as such, clearly designated and singled out. The attack must be limited to the objective designated.”
Benin’s Military Manual (1995) provides that it is prohibited “to attack the civilian population, individuals and civilian objects as a deliberate method of combat”.
Benin’s Military Manual (1995) states:
Foreign civilian aircraft may be attacked when escorted by enemy military aircraft. When flying alone they can be ordered to modify their route or to land or alight on water for inspection … If a foreign civilian aircraft refuses to modify its route or to land or alight on water, it may be attacked after due warning.