The commanding officers of the UN peacekeeping infantry battalions from China and some other countries discuss defense force deployment plans at the joint command center in Juba, capital of South Sudan, July 8, 2016, local time. (81.cn/Fu Xiaofei)
JUBA, South Sudan, July 10 (ChinaMil) -- A pitched battle broke out between the government and anti-government forces to the north of the United Nations (UN) House in South Sudan at 17:20 on July 8, local time. Both sides used such weapons as rifles, machine guns, rocket shells and small artilleries. Bullets were flying over a number of sentry posts in the charge of a UN peacekeeping infantry battalion from China. Some stray bullets were shot into the refugee camp and hit the protection shield of Sentry Post 8, and dozens of shells and rocket shells exploded near the UN House. A shell even fell into the UN House, and exploded only 60 meters from the Sentry Post 7.
As a result of the heavy fighting, nearly 1000 internally displaced people fled from the UNMISS protection of civilians site (PoC) 1 into the UNMISS compound at UN House Jebel. In addition, hundreds of civilians swarmed into the UNMISS base to seek protection.
After the crossfire broke out, the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion immediately entered general quarters with its troops and vehicles all ready to reach out.
According to the order of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), at 18:00 on that night, peacekeeping infantry battalions from China and some other countries established a joint command center at the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion. Commander of the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion Wang Yu’an acted as the commander in chief of the joint command center, which is mainly in charge of maintaining internal security of the UN House, safeguarding stability of the PoC site 1, and setting up temporary shelters for displaced civilians.
While the crossfire continued, more than 560 Chinese peacekeepers built defense at the PoC site 1 and the UN House quickly, and blockaded the main entrances and exits to prevent any armed personnel of unknown identity from launching sudden attacks. Meanwhile, part of the Chinese peacekeepers searched carefully in the UNMISS compound for civilians and escorted them to the shelter with further protection.
As of 2:00 a.m. on July 9, fighting between the government and anti-government forces broke out from time to time, and light tracers kept flashing across the sky above the UN base. A number of patrols, quick response teams, outpost detachments and riot squads of the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion were still sticking to their posts on the frontline and dutifully performing their missions.
The quick response troops of the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion reach out in UN vehicles after the UN House was attacked by shells during the heavy fighting between the government and anti-government forces in Juba, capital of South Sudan on July 8, 2016, local time. (81.cn/Fu Xiaofei)
The Chinese peacekeeping infantrymen perform guard duty at a temporary protection site for displaced civilians. Heavy fighting between the government and anti-government forces in Juba, capital of South Sudan on July 8, 2016, local time, caused a large number of civilians to seek protection of the UNMISS Force. (81.cn/Fu Xiaofei)