Remains of Chinese peacekeepers leave for home

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-07-20 17:04

Representatives from Chinese military working team and Chinese embassy in Uganda attend a ceremony before moving Chinese peacekeepers' coffins to an airplane at Entebbe International Airport, Uganda, on July 19, 2016. (Xinhua/Yuan Qing)

UGANDA, July 20 (ChinaMil) -- A PLA Air Force plane transporting coffins of Chinese martyrs Li Lei and Yang Shupeng took off at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport at 15:00 on July 19, local time. The two martyrs were killed by a mortar shell falling in the UN House during a cross fire between the government and anti-government forces in Juba, capital of South Sudan on July10.

Two other peacekeepers Yao Daoxiang and Wu Le, who were mildly injured, were also onboard the plane. To ensure a safe and comfortable long-distance flight for the two injured peacekeepers, the crew dismantled a few rows of seats and installed special medical stretchers.

Also onboard the plane were 25 Chinese citizens evacuated from South Sudan. A brief but solemn ceremony was held at the airport before the plane took off, when all members of the Chinese military working team, some staff members from the Chinese embassy in Uganda, and representatives of local China-funded enterprises, and overseas Chinese and Chinese nationals in Uganda came to see the martyrs off.

The plane is expected to arrive at Xinzheng Airport, central China's Zhengzhou City, at 15:00 on July 20 .

Since it left China on July 13, the Chinese military working team has worked closely with Chinese embassies in South Sudan and Uganda to complete a series of tasks. They visited the peacekeeping officers and soldiers, guided the troops to reinforce security, coordinated for the arrangement for casualties, and assisted in evacuating 49 Chinese citizens from South Sudan.

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