Refugees in the former Australia-run camp in Papua New Guinea posted photos to social media showing police entering the abandoned detention centre as fears grew that the situation could turn violent.
Authorities in Papua New Guinea say they will take steps to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre on Manus Island.
Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus island centre for more than 11 days without regular food or water, defying closure bids by Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Hundreds of asylum-seekers are adamant they will not leave the Australian offshore prison despite police calls for evacuation. Those holed up at the prison say they would rather live in squalid conditions than risk the alternatives provided.
The remote camp on Manus Island, one of two offshore centres that holds asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat, was closed a week ago, but 600 men refuse to leave.
The 600 men, who have locked themselves in at the detention camp on Manus island, have little food and no water or electricity.
Around 600 detainees told to leave Australian detention camp in Papua New Guinea as conditions worsen with power and water cuts in tense standoff.
The officials on the Australian island left the camp two weeks earlier and halted the interviews with the asylum seekers, leaving them in doubt about a deal of resettlement with the US that was made during the Obama administration.
Reports of problems at voting booths and allegations of ballot fraud have soured the mood among some in a country which has a history of electoral violence and corruption.
Nearly 2,000 asylum seekers held in a remote detention centre in Papua New Guinea will receive compensation after filing legal claims alleging physical and psychological injuries from the living conditions in the offshore Australian camp.
They must voluntarily leave the centre to a community facility in order to be eligible for a refugee swap deal with the United States.
US President Donald Trump reportedly berated Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull about a refugee deal in a telephone call before tweeting against the Obama administration for accepting "thousands of illegals".
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