CHENGDU, May 20 (ChinaMil) -- The first echelon of 200 peacekeepers of the 14th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon departed from the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in southwest China's Sichuan Province by a charter plane on Tuesday heading to their mission area in Lebanon, where they will perform an 8-month peacekeeping mission.
The 14th peacekeeping force to Lebanon, compared with the former ones, is expanded from a 210-member troop composed of 2 detachments to a 410-strong troop composed of 3 detachments, namely a 180-member minesweeping engineering detachment, a 30-member medical detachment and a newly added 20-member construction engineering detachment.
As part of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the 14th Chinese peacekeeping force will be deployed to the mission area in southern Lebanon in two batches by the end of May this year and take over the missions of the 13th Chinese peacekeeping force there. Their missions in Lebanon will mainly include minesweeping, explosive removal, marking of temporary Lebanon-Israel border, road construction, fortification building and humanitarian aid, etc.
Sun Zhi, commander of the 14th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon, told the reporter that in order to accomplish the mission successfully, they have revised relevant contingency plans according to the complex situation in the Middle East and conducted specific training, which laid a solid foundation for their peacekeeping mission.
It is learned that the second echelon of 210 Chinese peacekeepers will set off on May 26.