Practice Relating to Rule 29. Medical Transports
Section A. Respect for and protection of medical transports
Sierra Leone’s Instructor Manual (2007) states:
Any means of transportation, whether military or civilian, permanent or temporary, assigned exclusively for the transportation of medical personnel, wounded and sick and other facilities are referred to as medical transport. These may include aircraft, vehicles, ships etc.
Before any transport for medical purpose, it must be marked with the protective emblem which is the Red Cross on a white background.
Medical transport is not to be attacked but may lose its [protected] status if, for example, it carries arms or military equipment or the vehicle is used to gather intelligence about the location or deployment of the enemy.
It is a crime to attack a clearly marked medical transport or to use them for a non-medical purpose.
Medical transport, if captured, should be used to provide medical services to the wounded and sick.