Non-genuine refugees evacuated: Source

All non-genuine refugees have been evacuated from the Manus detention centre at Lombrum, says a reliable source on ground.

The evacuation was carried out by joint disciplinary forces at around 11am today.

The source told this newsroom that the operation went smoothly, with the non-genuine refugees cooperating well, albeit hesitantly.

He said instructions were given for the persons to be moved from the detention centre to the new location at Ward 1 in Lorengau.

He also revealed that after evacuating all non-genuine refugees, the genuine ones are expected to be moved anytime soon.

The situation is calm; the forces have been keeping order in and around the areas amidst issues raised by the refugees.

(The operation being carried out today)

Imelda Wavik