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San Remo Manual on International Law Applicable to Armed Conflicts at Sea, 12 June 1994
159. Except as provided for in paragraph 171, the provisions of this Part are not to be construed as
any way departing from the provisions of the Second Geneva Convention of 1949 and Additional Protocol I of 1977 which contain detailed rules for the treatment of the wounded, sick and shipwrecked and for medical transports.
160. The parties to the conflict may agree, for humanitarian purposes, to create a zone in a defined area of the sea in which only activities consistent with those humanitarian purposes are permitted.