Remains of 2 Chinese peacekeepers killed in S. Sudan clashes airlifted to Uganda

Xinhua News Agency


The remains of two Chinese UN peacekeepers killed in the recent fighting in South Sudan were on Friday airlifted to Uganda as part of their journey back home.

The two peacekeepers, Li Lei and Yang Shupeng, were serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

They were killed after the armored vehicle they were travelling in on duty was hit by a mortar shell last Sunday in clashes between rival army factions. Five other Chinese peacekeepers were injured in the incident.

The plane carrying the remains touched ground at Entebbe International Airport, about 40 km south of the capital Kampala, in the afternoon.

The caskets of the remains wrapped up in UNMISS and Chinese national flags were received by the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, Zhao Yali, the acting director of the Peacekeeping Affairs Office at the Chinese Defense Ministry, Maj. Gen. Su Guanghui, as well as a host of other Chinese military staff and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials in a somber mood.

The Chinese soldiers saluted the remains of their comrades before they were loaded in a UN vehicle and transported to Mulago National Referral Hospital Mortuary in Kampala.

Four injured Chinese peacekeepers have been airlifted to Uganda and are currently receiving treatment at Nakasero Hospital in Kampala.

A delegation consisting of China's military officials and Foreign Affairs Ministry officials is in Uganda in preparation for bringing back the remains of the peacekeepers.

Clashes between government troops led by South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar in the capital Juba which started last Friday have left at least 271 dead. A ceasefire has been holding since Monday evening. Enditem