Practice Relating to Rule 28. Medical Units
In a note submitted to the ICRC in 1967, Egypt accused Israel of “bombardment of hospitals and ambulances in spite of the distinct markings on them”, in violation of Article 19 of the 1949 Geneva Convention I and Articles 18 and 21 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV, and condemned it as a “flagrant violation of the elementary principle of humanity, and a serious breach of the laws of war and the Geneva Conventions of 1949”.
In its written statement submitted to the ICJ in the Nuclear Weapons case
in 1995, Egypt declared: “According to the First and Second Geneva Conventions of 1949, it is prohibited to attack military establishments and mobile medical units of the Medical Service … in any circumstances.”
In a further statement, Egypt stated that it was prohibited to attack civilian hospitals.