Practice Relating to Rule 8. Definition of Military Objectives
Section I. Presence of civilians within or near military objectives
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007) notes in Book I (basic instruction): “Civilians situated inside or near a military objective share the risk to which the military objective is exposed.”
In Book IV (Instruction of heads of division and company commanders), the Teaching Manual provides:
II.1.6. Civilians accompanying the armed forces
The presence of civilians who are authorized to accompany the armed forces without really being members of these forces (members of crews of military aircraft, war correspondents, suppliers, members of services responsible for the welfare of the armed forces) does not render a legitimate objective exempt from attacks. These persons run the risk of being attacked as elements of the legitimate objective.