ZHENGZHOU, July 20 (ChinaMil) -- After a 19-hour trip, a PLA Air Force plane transporting coffins of Chinese martyrs Li Lei and Yang Shupeng arrived at the Xinzheng Airport in Zhengzhou City, central China's Henan Province, at 15:15 on July 20, 2016.
The plane took off from Uganda's Entebbe International Airport at 15:00 on July 19, local time. It was sent by China's Central Military Commission (CMC) to bring the two Chinese peacekeepers' bodies home. Two other peacekeepers Yao Daoxiang and Wu Le, who were mildly injured, were also onboard the plane.
The two Chinese martyrs were killed by a mortar shell falling in the UN House during a cross fire between the government and anti-government forces in Juba, capital of South Sudan on July10.
A solemn ceremony was held at the Xinzheng Airport to welcome the two martyrs' remains back. With music played by a military band, their coffins, covered with Chinese flags, were slowly carried out of the plane by the honor guards.
About 500 officers, soldiers, and civilian officials attend the ceremony. They took off their hats, making three bows to salute the sacrificed soldiers at the airport.