1 dead, 77 injured in riots at Australia off-shore refugee camp

The incident comes just one day after 35 asylum seekers fled the camp after riots broke out, only to be arrested and taken back later.

1 dead, 77 injured in riots at Australia off-shore refugee camp

World Bulletin / News Desk

Australia's off-shore refugee detention center in Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has been rocked with a second day of riots, leaving 77 injured and one dead.

13 of the injured were said to be seriously wounded, while one had suffered a gunshot wound. The dead man passed away on the way to hospital from a head injury.

The incident comes just one day after 35 asylum seekers fled the camp after riots broke out, only to be arrested and taken back later.

The Australian authorities claimed that the incidents happened outside the camp after a group of refugees escaped, however, Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition, said that detainees at the Manus Island camp told him that locals along with Papua New Guinea police attacked them inside the camp following an escalation of tensions.

"All the people that we have talked to, whether they are workers on the island or whether it's the detainees themselves, say they were attacked," he told the BBC.

Australia has recently been dealing with an increase of migrants who risk their lives to cross the dangerous seas on boats. Most of them are detained and sent to detention centers on off-shore sites like Manus Island and Nauru.

The UN has criticized the conditions refugees are kept in in the camps, while some refugees have been reported to have said that the Australian authorities have left them in limbo.

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