A memorial service of Li Lei and Yang Shupeng, who were UN peacekeepers from China, was held at Chinese Embassy in Uganda on July 17, 2016, local time. (PLA Daily/Luo Zheng)
KAMPALA, July 17 (ChinaMil) -- The Chinese Embassy in Uganda held on July 17, local time, a memorial service for two soldiers of the Chinese peacekeeping force in South Sudan, who were killed by a mortar shell falling in the UN House during a crossfire between the government and anti-government forces in Juba, capital of South Sudan on July10, local time.
Over 100 people including all the working staff of the Chinese Embassy in Uganda, all members of the Chinese military working group, representatives of the Chinese Embassy in South Sudan, Chinese medical team to Uganda, Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Uganda and overseas Chinese in Uganda attended the memorial service.
China has sent the largest number of peacekeepers among five permanent members of the UN Security Council, and the two martyrs sacrificed their lives for the maintenance of world peace, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zhao Yali said.
Chinese military working group chief Su Guanghui said that UN peacekeeping operations is there for peace. The two martyrs interpreted the courage and heroism of Chinese soldiers with their precious lives.
An armored vehicle of the Chinese peacekeeping infantry battalion, which was on guard duty at a protection of civilians site in the UNMISS base, was hit by a mortar shell on July 10, local time during fighting between the government and anti-government forces in Juba, capital of South Sudan, leaving two peacekeepers killed and five injured.
The remains of Li Lei and Yang Shupeng, who were killed in the incident, were airlifted to Uganda on July 15 and expected to be back to China this week.