Practice Relating to Rule 47. Attacks against Persons Hors de Combat
According to the Report on the Practice of Algeria, the duty to give quarter has been a long-standing practice of Algeria.
During the Algerian war of independence, the ten rules of the Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN) stipulated that Islamic teachings and international laws must be observed “in the destruction of enemy forces”.
In 1958, during the Algerian war of independence, in an armed clash between the Armée de Libération Nationale (ALN) and French soldiers, the commander of the ALN battalion gave the order to spare enemy soldiers who wanted to surrender. The four French soldiers who surrendered were the only ones to survive the attack.
Upon accession to the 1977 Additional Protocol I, Algeria stated that the term “feasible” must be interpreted as referring to “precautions and measures which are feasible in view of the circumstances and the information and means available at the time”.