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JUBA - 3 May 2017

UK troops arrive in Juba to provide engineering, medical support as part of UN peacekeepers


 About 400 United Kingdom troops arrived in Juba to provide engineering and medical support as part of peacekeepers in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said.

In a statement released on Tuesday, UNMISS said British troops, proudly wearing their distinctive blue UN berets arrived in Juba to join the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

The UK contingent will provide a Military Engineering Taskforce to the Malakal and Bentiu Protection of Civilians Sites (POCs), as well as a Level II Hospital in Bentiu, according to the UN mission.

"The Royal Engineers will conduct tasks at the UN Camps to improve accommodation, routes, security and drainage, as well as the construction of a jetty on the River Nile and a helicopter landing site," partly reads the statement.

"Alongside their UNMISS colleague, their efforts will make a contribution to protecting civilians and creating conditions to enable the delivery of humanitarian aids," the UNMISS added.

With almost 400 troops in total, this will be one of the UK’s largest operational deployments across the world.

Last month, a 350-strong Japanese military contingent started withdrawing from South Sudan after a five-year deployment during which it mainly helped with infrastructure construction.