Practice Relating to Rule 117. Accounting for Missing Persons
Section A. Search for missing persons
Israel’s Manual on the Laws of War (1998) provides that according to the 1977 Additional Protocols, “each party must … search for missing persons of the enemy and try to reach arrangements for the dispatch of search teams”.
Israel’s Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) states that according to the 1977 Additional Protocols “each side is required to search for the enemy’s missing in action and allow access to search parties”.
The Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) is a second edition of the Manual on the Laws of War (1998).
According to the Report on the Practice of Israel, it is the policy of the Israeli authorities to conduct ongoing searches for members of the Israel Defense Forces who are missing in action.