2nd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion to S. Sudan (Juba) returns to China
( Source: China Military ) 2016-December-26 21:53
The firtst batch of 110 troops of the 2nd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion to South Sudan (Juba) returned to China by taking a UN chater flight on early morning of Dec. 7, 2016. (cctv.com)
BEIJING, Dec. 26 (ChinaMil) -- All the 700 troops of the 2nd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion to South Sudan (Juba) have returned to China in six batches as of December 23 after successfully fulfilling 12 month-long UN peacekeeping missions.
The 2nd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion and the 3rd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion conducted the troop rotation on Dec. 18, local time, and the 3rd battalion completed the deployment of troops in its mission area in Juba, capital of South Sudan, on Dec. 22.
Since its deployment in the mission areas in December 2015, the 2nd Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion has carried out long-distance patrol for 9 times, provided armed escort for 52 times, dealt with emergencies and unexpected situations for 8 times within the UN framework in addition to its routine responsibilities including patrolling inside and outside the UN House of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Juba and guarding local resident protection areas.
In the fierce battles between the South Sudan government force and anti-government militants in July 2016, the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion calmly dealt with the situation and effectively protected the safety of UN personnel and refugees. An infantry fighting vehicle of the battalion hit by a rocket shell falling in the UN House, and two Chinese peacekeepers in the vehicle, Li Lei and Yang Shupeng lost their lives.
All the 700 peacekeepers of the battalion have been granted with the UN Peace Medal of Honor.