Practice Relating to Rule 54. Attacks against Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population
Section C. Attacks in case of military necessity
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007) provides in Book III, Volume 2 (Instruction of second-year trainee officers):
II.2.5. Protection of goods indispensable for the survival of the population
A policy of scorched earth can be applied in exceptional cases when it is absolutely necessary to defend the national territory against invasion.
In Book IV (Instruction of heads of division and company commanders), the Teaching Manual provides:
II.2.3. Objects indispensable to the survival of the population
If a Party to the conflict defends the national territory against invasion, it can attack objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population if:
- the objects are located on the national territory of that Party or under its control;
- an attack against these objects is required by imperative military necessity.