BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- A UN peacekeeper from China was killed and six others were injured when the armored vehicle carrying them was hit by a shell during a mission in Juba, capital of South Sudan, according to China's Ministry of National Defense.
The incident happened on Sunday evening local time as fighting between government and anti-government forces continued in Juba.
Three were severely injured, said the ministry's information office, adding that the peacekeepers' armored vehicle was hit by a shell during a mission to keep guard at a refugee camp.
"The Chinese military is deeply shocked and strongly condemns the attack, and it expresses deep condolences to the victims and their families," said a statement.
The Chinese military initiated emergency measures immediately after the incident, it said, adding that the Chinese peacekeeping troop has made full efforts to treat the injured and has stepped up precautions to ensure security.
JUBA, July 10 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's Health Ministry has confirmed 271 people were killed in Friday's clashes between rival army factions outside the presidential palace in the capital Juba and there is renewed heavy fighting on Sunday.
In a statement, the Health Ministry said those killed included 32 civilians, 5 police officers, 44 government troops and 190 soldiers of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) led by Vice President Riek Machar. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council said here Sunday that several UN peacekeepers from China and Rwanda were killed or injured in attacks in the wake of the recent escalating fighting in Juba, capital of South Sudan.
The exact number of casualties is yet to be confirmed.
In a statement issued here following an emergency session, the Security Council "condemned in the strongest terms the escalation of fighting in Juba, South Sudan that started on July 7." Full story