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War crimes prosecutions are rare in cases of hospital bombings

War crimes prosecutions are rare in cases of hospital bombings

Red crosses painted on the roofs of hospitals are supposed to protect the facilities and their patients from the ravages of war under the Geneva Conventions that have sought for decades to impose humanitarian order amid armed conflict.

But across the global spectrum, especially in the lawless and nonstate insurgencies of recent years, combatants have ignored the prohibition against bombing hospitals and justified their attacks — if they acknowledged them at all — as strikes against enemies firing from within the protected venues.

Hospitals have been bombed and patients and medical personnel killed and wounded in virtually every conflict to shatter the post-World...

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