Manus Island: PNG police move into detention centre and tell refugees to leave

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Peter Dutton confirms ‘police operation’ under way, as refugees report they have been told to hand over phones and go within hours

A police operation is under way on Manus Island, with Papua New Guinean police and immigration officers entering the former detention centre in an effort to move detainees out, more than three weeks into a deteriorating humanitarian crisis.

A number of refugees inside the centre have reported large numbers of officers, including the paramilitary police mobile squad, have entered and given them an hour to leave. The officers shouted at detainees and demanded that they hand over phones.

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