Wounded and sick

The “wounded and sick” are protected individuals under international humanitarian law (IHL) as individuals, either military or civilian, who are in need of medical care and who refrain from any act of hostility. IHL also protects medical support services (personnel and equipment) caring for the wounded and sick. In return, medical personnel can never participate in hostilities, must care for all the wounded impartially, and must be identifiable by an emblem.
Military exercise by Afghan National Army rescuing wounded civilian
Photo: Afghan National Army Sgt. Rahmudeen Nangarhari/DVIDSHUB

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