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Looting refers to the act of stealing, or the taking of goods by force, in the midst of a military, political, or other social crisis, such as war,[1] natural disasters (where law and civil enforcement are temporarily ineffective),[2] or rioting.[3] The proceeds of all these activities can be described as booty, loot, plunder, spoils, or pillage.[4][5]

During modern-day armed conflicts, pillaging is prohibited by international law, and constitutes a war crime.[6]

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