UNHCR saddened by loss of life in Indonesia detention centre incident

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards to whom quoted text may be attributed at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The UN refugee agency is saddened by reports of fatalities and injuries following a disturbance early this morning at a detention centre in Medan, in Indonesia's Northern Sumatra.

According to local authorities, eight people have died and 15 are injured after fighting broke out between asylum seekers and others from Myanmar in the detention centre. UNHCR is calling for calm among the groups and urging the Indonesian authorities to take action to prevent further violence, including moving individuals into community housing as soon as possible.

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