War in Cities: Preventing and Addressing the Humanitarian Consequences for Civilians – Extract: Executive Summary and Recommendations

In this report, the ICRC analyses the humanitarian consequences of hostilities in the urban environment and seeks to raise awareness among parties to conflict, especially civilian authorities, of the resulting harm to civilians – its causes, its extent, and its interrelated and sometimes hidden nature. A better understanding should also prompt members of the international community to fulfil their obligations to prevent, reduce and respond to the impact of urban warfare. To this end, the ICRC provides 50 recommendations in this report.