Water supplies do not enjoy absolute protection under international law.
The laws of war state an attacker must attempt to distinguish between military targets and civilians and their property.
The extremely varied uses of the term have radically different legal implications within international humanitarian law.
Parties to conflict may not use civilians to shield military objectives or military operations from attack.
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Both sides must distinguish between the civilian population and combatants and direct their operations only against military objectives.
Constant care shall be taken to spare the civilian population, civilians, and civilian objects.
Air attacks on a city that treat it as a single military objective instead of clearly distinguishing military objectives and areas