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Draft Rules for the Limitation of the Dangers incurred by the Civilian Population in Time of War. ICRC, 1956
Article 1. Since the right of Parties to the conflict to adopt means of injuring the enemy is not unlimited, they shall confine their operations to the destruction of his military resources, and leave the civilian population outside the sphere of armed attacks.
This general rule is given detailed expression in the following provisions: