Manus Island: Australia confirms removal of asylum seekers

| Updated Nov 24, 2017 at 10:45am


PNG police resumed an operation to remove asylum seekers on Friday


Police on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, say all the refugees and asylum seekers who had been refusing to leave the detention centre there, have now been moved to other sites.

The police raid brought to an end, a three week stand-off.

The migrants argued that the new accommodation left them open to reprisals from the locals.

Local authorities confirmed the camps were cleared after an intensive two day operation.

Some of the asylum seekers claimed they were beaten and left the camps in fear of violence.

The camp was officially closed in October when water, electricity and food was cut at the centre.

The Australian government which sent the men to Manus Island says they are now the responsibility of the PNG government and will never be allowed to enter Australia.