The following are samples of articles outlined in the Four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and two additional Protocols of 1977.
Protocol I, Art. 54 - Protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population
"... in no event shall actions against these objects be taken which may be expected to leave the civilian population with such inadequate food or water as to cause its starvation or force its movement."
Protocol II, Art. 17 - Prohibition of forced movement of civilians
"Civilians shall not be compelled to leave their own territory for reasons connected with the conflict."
Protocol I, Art. 57 sec. 2 - Precautions in attack
"In the conduct of military operations, constant care shall be taken to spare the civilian population, civilians and civilian objects."
"an attack shall be cancelled or suspended if it becomes apparent that the objective is not a military one or is subject to special protection or that the attack may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians, damage to civilian objects"
With the laws outlined in such works as the above established and the daily violation of such agreements by High Contracting Parties; what is progress through deception but the recurrence of history as lesson.