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Case 1 “On Civilian Harm”: Siege tactics

The siege of the city of Hudeidah (Yemen) illustrates the negative effects of the destruction of critical infrastructure on civilians. The chapter "Siege tactics: Hudeidah under fire (Yemen, 2018)" raises important questions about the re-emergence of siege tactics and their immensely harmful effects for civilians, as well as about complicity and responsibility of actors facilitating the siege through delivery of arms, training or diplomatic support to the Saudi-led coalition. Disease and malnutrition as a consequence of active conflict are discussed in detail.

In ‘On Civilian Harm,’ we explore the ways in which civilians are negatively affected by violent conflict, offer tools and language to discuss the phenomenon, make practical recommendations for civilian harm mitigation and raise questions for further debate. The book contains in-depth analysises of 13 particular events in which harm to civilians occurred as a consequence of use of armed violence. Taken together, they contribute to an increased understanding of the variety and complexity of civilian harm at a conceptual level, bringing out common traits and patterns on civilian harm in violent conflict.

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Jun 10, 2021


Saba Azeem (PAX)


PAX Protection of Civilians

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Case 1 “On Civilian Harm”: Siege tactics

Jun 10, 2021, Saba Azeem (PAX)

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