Syria: a new series of training courses for 145 combatants and members of the Free Syrian Army, the Islam Army and Kurdish forces
In July 2015, both inside and outside Syria, Geneva Call’s local partner trained more than 80 military officers, combatants and selected members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and the Islam Army on international humanitarian norms. Most were former civilians who had taken up arms, and many had only a very basic knowledge of the laws applicable in situations of armed conflict.
Prior to their training, when asked the question, Can a person who delivers food to the enemy be considered a military target? most participants had wrongly answered Yes. Using a series of questions like this, trainers presented the main rules related to the protection of civilians and broadly discussed their practical implementation with the participants.
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