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Injured Chinese peacekeepers airlifted from South Sudan

Updated: Jul 17, 2016 14:50 IST

Entebbe, July 17 (ANI): Two Chinese peacekeepers, who were seriously injured in the recent violence in South Sudan, were airlifted to Beijing aboard a specialist medical rescue plane sent by the Chinese military for specialized treatment and operations.

China also evacuated some of its embassy staff and some citizens trapped in South Sudanese capital, Juba, reports Xinhua.

The Chinese people evacuating from South Sudan arrived at Entebbe International Airport in Entebbe on Saturday, about 40 kilometers south of Uganda's capital Kampala.

Major General Su Guanghui, acting director of the Peacekeeping Affairs Office of the Chinese Defense Ministry, and his delegation arrived Saturday morning in Juba and evacuated 17 embassy staff, 12 members of the Chinese medical team and 20 people from Chinese companies.

The relieved team from the conflict-hit country aboard a special plane organized by the authorities in Beijing was received by Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Zhao Yali at Entebbe International Airport.

The evacuation is part of the emergency measures the Chinese government is taking to protect its citizens in the recent fighting between government troops of President Salva Kiir and forces loyal to Vice President Riek Machar in Juba.

Two Chinese peacekeepers under the UN Mission in South Sudan were killed and four others injured on last Sunday evening as the fighting between government and anti-government forces continued. (ANI)