210 Chinese peacekeepers return to China from Lebanon

Source
China Military
Editor
Ouyang
Time
2017-05-22


Two hundred and ten Chinese peacekeepers returning from Lebanon arrive at the Changshui International Airport in Kunming, capital city of Southwest China's Yunnan Province, May 19, 2017. (mod.gov.cn/Zhang Xiang)

KUNMING, May 22 (ChinaMil) -- An airliner from Beirut, capital of Lebanon, carrying 210 Chinese peacekeepers, arrived at the Changshui International Airport in Kunming of Southwest China's Yunnan Province at 05:30 a.m. last Friday.

The 210 soldiers belong to the 15th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon comprised of a 180-member multi-function engineer detachment, a 200-member construction engineer detachment and a 30-member medical detachment, totaling 410 persons.

Since deployed to its mission areas in Lebanon last May, the three detachments of the 15th Chinese peacekeeping force have completed their missions with excellence, including mine clearance, boundary markers erection along the Blue Line that separates Lebanon with Israel, providing engineering support for over 50 large projects, offering medical treatment for thousands of local people.

The 410 Chinese peacekeepers have all been conferred the United Nations (UN) Peace Medal, and the multifunctional engineer detachment has been granted the Certificate of Appreciation of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the top prize granted by the UNIFIL Force Commander to peacekeepers in the UNIFIL mission areas.

The rest 200 members are scheduled to return to China on May 26 after completing mission handover with the 16th Chinese peacekeeping force to Lebanon, which also has 410 peacekeepers and 200 of them, as the first echelon, departed on May 18 by air from Kunming for Lebanon.

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