Christmas Island detention center put on fire

    Christmas Island detention center put on fire

    Nov 9, Sydney: The detention camp in Christmas Island in Australia is put on fire by inmates. The immigration department has confirmed that the guards had been withdrawn for safety reasons.

    The unrest started after a group of Iranian inmates began protesting about the death of an Iranian Kurd, Fazel Chegeni, who had escaped from the facility on Saturday. Chegeni's body was found at the bottom of a cliff on Sunday.

    There is no report of injuries to detainees or staff. Medical, educational and sporting facilities have been damaged. The situation at the center for refugees is tense.

    Australia sends intercepted asylum seekers to Christmas Island, a remote outpost 2,650km (1,650 miles) north-west of Perth and 380km south of Java in Indonesia. Others are sent to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the South Pacific.

    The Oslo Times


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