person who takes a direct part in the hostilities of an armed conflict

A combatant is a person who fights in an armed conflict. Combatants in an interstate armed conflict are protected by parts of the Geneva Conventions as long as they obey the rules of war.[1] Those who fights with non-state armed groups in a non-interstate armed conflicts are not immune from prosecution for waging war against State forces.[2]

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  1. "Summary of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and Their Additional Protocols" (PDF). American Red Cross. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  2. "The Practical Guide to Humanitarian Law: Nonstate Armed Groups". Médecins Sans Frontières.