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This option involves making first use of an historical building that may be valued by the local population but is not under offiical or special protection as defined under international treaties.

The 1954 Hague Convention and current rules of engagement do allow you to make first military use of such a building or site if a genuine imperative military necessity exists with no feasible and logical alternative.

But this scenario describes a deliberate premediated decision. If you do make first military use of an historic structure in this type of situation, and if the cherished structure is damaged by a counterattack, and if the incident is reported in the media, hard questions may be asked.

The key question for the OIC remains: did you consider other feasible and logical alternatives?

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