Practice Relating to Rule 37. Open Towns and Non-Defended Localities
In its written comments on other written statements submitted to the ICJ in the Nuclear Weapons case
in 1995, Egypt declared: “The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.”
According to the Report on the Practice of Egypt, “Egypt thinks that protection of open towns [and] undefended areas … consists in refraining from launching attacks against … these areas”, which implies that “attacks against such places are prohibited”.