Practice Relating to Rule 109. Search for, Collection and Evacuation of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked
Kenya’s LOAC Manual (1997) refers to common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and states that the “wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for”.
The manual states: that “combatants are required to search for and collect the wounded and sick” and states that this principle also applies to wounded enemy combatants.
The manual further states: “Civil defence units and personnel shall participate in the search for victims, particularly when there are civilian casualties.”
The manual provides: : “Arrangements may be made between the Parties to permit the removal, exchange and transport of the wounded left on the battlefield.”
The manual further states: “A local cease-fire may be arranged for the removal from the besieged or encircled areas of the wounded and sick.”