14th Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Sudan’s Darfur sets out

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The PLA Army's 81th Combined Corps holds a gran drally to mark the expedition of the 14th Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Sudan's Darfur, December 18, 2017. One hundred and nine peacekeepers, as the first echelon of the detachment, left from Taiyuan, capital city of north China's Shanxi province, for their mission area in Darfur, December 19, 2017. (Zhang Kang/81.cn)

TAIYUAN, Dec. 20 (ChinaMil) -- A UN charter plane carrying 109 Chinese peacekeepers departed from the Wusu International Airport in Taiyuan, capital city of Shanxi province, for Sudan at about 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The 109 soldiers, the first batch of the 225 member 14th Chinese peacekeeping engineer detachment to Sudan’s Darfur, will be deployed in their mission area in El-Fashir, the capital of North Darfur, to perform one-year-long peacekeeping mission.

The detachment consists of two engineering support squadrons, a logistics support squadron, a guarding squadron and a class-I hospital. The 225 members of the detachment are mainly from a brigade under the 81st Combined Corps of the Chinese PLA Army.

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