Australian authorities destroy makeshift shelters on Manus Island

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Almost 600 men have barricaded themselves inside the Manus island center for more than 10 days, despite having no regular food or running water, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the camp in what the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

PNG authorities have moved into the centre yesterday and destroyed shelters' and storage water tanks built by the refugees who are refusing to leave the decommissioned, Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island, but have avoided using force to forcibly evict anyone in their efforts to move people on.

"I have pursued this issue from New Zealand's perspective", she told a media conference at the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

"I see the human face of this and I see the need and the role New Zealand needs to play".

New Zealand's prime minister says she has been in constant contact with her trans Tasman counterpart about an offer to resettle 150 refugees. "We made the offer because we saw a great need", she said.

Mr Turnbull had a meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday morning in Manila and the pair will share dinner together where the US offer to accept 1250 refugees - agreed by former president Barack Obama - is likely to come up.


These have raised human right issues until it was ruled as illegal and ordered to be shut down by the PNG Supreme Court.

A lawmaker said the Australian government is responsible for the deteriorating conditions facing refugees in a camp in Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, saying Canberra must provide consular access for those wishing to return to their countries. "I think it's clear that we don't see what's happening there as acceptable, that's why the offer's there".

It is understood about 120 asylum seekers have left the facility since it was closed on October 31.

"The safety of both the refugees and government workers plus staff of leading agencies is not to be taken for granted given the tension that is now being expressed by the locals on Manus Island", he said.

Mr Lam said questions still remain over the quality of the new accommodation being offered to the men near the island's main town of Lorengau.

"There is an increased risk because of the way this has been organised".

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