Practice Relating to Rule 13. Area Bombardment
Israel’s Manual on the Laws of War (1998) provides: “It is forbidden to regard an area with mixed military objectives and civilian objects as a single target area.”
Israel’s Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) states: “Bombing a city … will not necessarily weaken the enemy’s army, it will merely cause unnecessary suffering, and such actions are morally tainted on humanitarian grounds.”
The manual further states: “No area in which military targets are combined with civilian targets may be considered as merely another target.”
The Manual on the Rules of Warfare (2006) is a second edition of the Manual on the Laws of War (1998).