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The Laws of War on Land. Oxford, 9 September 1880.
Part II : Application of general principles #I. Hostilities #B. Rules of conduct with regard to things #(a) Means of injuring -- Bombardment - Art. 32.
' Certain precautions are made necessary by the rule that a belligerent must abstain from
useless severity (Article 4
). In accordance with this principle '
Art. 32. It is forbidden:
(a) To pillage, even towns taken by assault;
(b) To destroy public or private property, if this destruction is not demanded by an imperative necessity of war;
(c) To attack and to bombard undefended places.