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Ethiopia: Air force officers trained in the law of war

02-04-2003 News Release 03/34

A series of courses on international humanitarian law was held last week for officers of the Ethiopian air force in Debre Zeit, an important step towards incorporating the law of war into the country's regular military training.

Organized by the ICRC in cooperation with the air force training centre, the series began with two basic courses for 33 high-ranking officers. Ten officers selected from among the participants then attended an in-depth course for instructors. An ICRC trainer based in India, Wing Commander (ret.) Praful Bakshi, conducted all the courses.

The participants were taught the main rules of humanitarian law governing the conduct of air operations. Among the key concepts covered were the protection granted to civilians and cultural property, respect for medical personnel and facilities bearing the red cross and red crescent emblems, and limits placed on methods and means of warfare.

Throughout 2003, the ICRC will organize similar courses and workshops for members of the Ethiopian ground force.

    

 Further information: Gianni Volpin, ICRC Addis Ababa, tel.: ++2511 518 366