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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A "no-go area" (or "no-go zone") is an area that has a reputation for violence and crime which makes people frightened to go there, an area in a city barricaded off to civil authorities by a force such as a paramilitary, or an area barred to certain individuals or groups. The term has also been used to refer to areas undergoing insurgency where ruling authorities have lost control and are unable to enforce sovereignty.

Some types of no-go zones, such as military exclusion zones, border zones, or other declared exclusion zones, may have a legal basis. However, de facto no-go zones may also arise as a practical reality due to a mere lack of adequate governance or tactical necessity. Thus, such zones may change at a moment's notice when the security situation changes. In some cases, a no-go zone may be mutually agreed by hostile parties in a negotiated arrangement or may be declared unilaterally by one side of a conflict. However, other no-go zones are undeclared and unofficial, making even clear definitions and identification difficult. Some no-go zones may be associated with unrestricted lethal violence in the zone and denial of rescue or security to individuals entering the zone.

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