21 refugees flown to Manus

Twenty-one more refugees have been repatriated to Manus.

Sixteen were flown to Manus on November 2nd whilst an additional five were repatriated on the 3rd.

Manus Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector David Yapu confirmed that the 21 refugees are now accommodated at East Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 2, whilst 300 men are camped at West Lorengau Refugees Transit Centre at Ward 1.

PPC Yapu also said Police Mobile Squad 19 has been deployed to escort them from Momote Airport to the refugee camps, with the help of PNG Immigration Officers and camp security.

Since their arrival at the camps, no major incidents were reported and they are being monitored closely by Squad 19 and the PNG Immigration Office.

PPC Yapu said the remaining 20 refugees in Port Moresby will be flown to Manus refugees Centre this week, on a chartered flight.

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