Multinational peacekeeping officers and soldiers participating in the reconstruction assistance mission organized a formation at the port of Beirut. Photo by Zhao Wenhuan
The 19th batch of Chinese soldiers of the multifunctional engineering unit for peacekeeping in Lebanon successfully completed the reconstruction assistance mission after the Beirut port explosion on the 23rd and began to return to the South Lebanese peacekeeping mission area.
According to the command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Command, China, together with France, Spain, Cambodia and other multinational peacekeeping forces, will perform this reconstruction assistance mission.
This assistance mission began on September 30. During the period, UNIFIL officers and soldiers successively completed the removal and transportation of nearly 60,000 square meters of ruins in Beirut Port, the recovery of usable materials, the demolition of collapsed steel frames, the removal of the ruins of 3 streets in the city, the search for cultural relics, the search for valuable items, and the destruction of ancient buildings. Relics protection and reinforcement, Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs building cleaning and repair, cultural relics protection and other tasks.
Xiong Chaochun, deputy commander of the 19th batch of Chinese peacekeeping forces to Lebanon, said that the implementation of the reconstruction assistance mission reflects China’s responsibility as a major power and demonstrates the excellent quality of Chinese soldiers, which has been highly recognized by the Lebanese people.