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Many British people think civilians legitimate target in war, survey shows

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39436.619144.DB (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:15
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Only half of all British people think that civilians should be protected from attack during war—far fewer than before the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—according to a survey commissioned by the International Committee of the Red Cross.

    The findings were presented at a conference in London last month called Dispatches from Disaster Zones, which debated problems that affect journalists and aid agencies in wars and disaster areas and discussed ways to improve the protection of civilians.

    War and natural disasters are becoming increasingly linked, as global warming seems to be heightening the risk of violent conflict worldwide, indicated the survey. This was …

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