International law and the classification of conflicts
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012
In this chapter the difficulties arising in the classification of the conflicts in Lebanon 2006 lay in the States parties' unwillingness to classify the conflict expressly, and the ambiguity of the positions they adopted. The author argues that the conflict had a dual character: that there existed an international armed conflict between Israel and Lebanon, and a parallel extraterritorial non-international armed conflict between Israel and Hezbollah. He analyses the consequences arising from this dual character, mainly in regard to targeting decisions and the status of captured Hezbollah operatives. The author concludes that whatever the classification of the hostilities, there was a failure to implement the law of armed conflict during the Lebanon 2006 conflict.