Practice Relating to Rule 50. Destruction and Seizure of Property of an Adversary
Mexico’s Army and Air Force Manual (2009) states: “The States party to the  Geneva Conventions undertake to: … prohibit … the destruction of civilian property.”
Mexico’s IHL Guidelines (2009) states: “War crimes
include … the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, [and] devastation not justified by military necessity”.
In a section entitled “Basic rules of conduct in armed conflict”, the Guidelines also states: “Respect the rights of the civilian population in combat zones, … protect their property. It is strictly prohibited to commit … arson or use any other means to put pressure on the civilian population.”
In the same section, the Guidelines further states: “Do not cause unnecessary destruction.”
Mexico’s Code of Military Justice (1933), as amended in 1996, punishes “anyone who, without being absolutely required by war operations, burns buildings [or] devastates crops”.
The Code also punishes “anyone who, taking advantage of his own authority or the authority of the armed forces, maliciously and arbitrarily destroys … goods or other objects belonging to another person, when it is not required by military operations”. It further punishes the “devastation of farms, plantations, agricultural lands, forests or public roads of communication”.