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Practical Issues on the Application of the Notion of Military Objective

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In order to decide on the lawfulness of a given attack, a number of issues relating to the preparation and execution of military operations must be taken into consideration. The notion of military objective is the cornerstone of the principle of distinction and the rules which elaborate on this principle. Combatants are those persons who, according to the international law of armed conflict, are entitled to participate in the hostilities and, thus, to launch attacks against military objectives of the other parties to the conflict. Some military personnel of the armed forces, such as medical personnel,religious personnel and military personnel assigned to civil protection agencies, are not entitled to combatant status.The military advantage derived from an attack include the deaths and injuries caused to combatants or non-combatants who actively participate in the hostilities and affiliated to the adverse party and destruction and harm caused to the enemy's equipment and infrastructure.

Keywords: combatants; international law; military objective; religious personnel



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