UN warns as many as 500,000 new refugees could be displaced in Asia after humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

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Half a million Afghan refugees could flee their besieged homeland which fell under Taliban rule by the end of this year, the United Nations has warned.

The blunt message was released ahead of the August 31 deadline for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan – a date experts expect the country to fall into a new tyranny.

With a potential humanitarian crisis well underway, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said the bloc was preparing for the worst-case scenario of about “500,000 new refugees in the region,” reports the Telegraph.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted he felt a “great sense of regret” for the hundreds of thousands British forces were unable to evacuate from Kabul.

The news comes as Britain’s evacuation efforts are now complete after the last Operation Pitting flight left Kabul overnight.

The UK’s hasty withdrawal plans mean between 100 and 150 Britons and 1,000 Afghans eligible to come to the country should be left to an uncertain fate.

Afghans line up at the main entrance gate of Kabul airport in hopes of leaving Afghanistan in Kabul on Saturday. The last British flight carrying civilians left last night. All other British planes will carry military and diplomatic personnel

Taliban Badri fighters, a

Taliban Badri fighters, a “special forces” unit equipped with US materiel, stand guard as Afghans wait at the main gate of Kabul airport

Afghan evacuees line up before boarding one of Italy's last C130J military planes during the evacuation at Kabul airport today

Afghan evacuees line up before boarding one of Italy’s last C130J military planes during the evacuation at Kabul airport today

Watching the disaster in Afghanistan unfold, the UN specialized office for the resettlement of stateless people and refugees across the bloc warned that hundreds of thousands of newly displaced people would soon arrive in South Asia.

UNHCR estimates that in the “worst case”, up to 500,000 new refugees will be added to the region as a result of the humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.

It comes as the Department of Defense confirmed on Saturday that the last Operation Pitting rescue flight left overnight.

All remaining RAF jets leaving Kabul will carry military and diplomatic personnel.

British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow said: “It is time to close this phase of the operation now, but we have not forgotten the people who have yet to leave. We will continue to do our utmost to help them.

“We have not forgotten the brave and honest Afghan people either. They deserve to live in peace and security.

Thousands of refugees have been unable to make or are too afraid to make it to the Taliban-guarded airport due to the constant threat of terrorism.

An ISIS suicide bomber on Thursday killed at least 170 people, including 13 American soldiers, two Britons and the child of a British national outside the walls of the airport.

The Defense Ministry said last night that 14,543 people have now been extracted from Kabul since August 13, a mix of Afghan and British nationals, and that the focus will now be on evacuating diplomats and military personnel .

Some 8,000 of them were Afghans and their families under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap) program, which applies to those who have helped the UK and are at risk of persecution by the Taliban.

But the announcement followed warnings that Britain was risking the “biggest hostage crisis in its history” by leaving 1,000 Afghan allies at the mercy of the Taliban and Isis-K.

Taliban fighter guards airport as desperate Afghans try to escape brutal rule

Taliban fighter guards airport as desperate Afghans try to escape brutal rule

Members of the British Armed Forces' 16th Air Assault Brigade make their way to the terminal after disembarking from an RAF Voyager plane at Brize Norton on Saturday.

Members of the British Armed Forces’ 16th Air Assault Brigade walk towards the terminal after disembarking an RAF Voyager aircraft at Brize Norton on Saturday

One of those rescued was former Royal Marine animal rescuer Pen Farthing, 57, who may be the last British civilian to leave Kabul airport.

Mr Farthing and his 180 cats and dogs he has housed in the Afghan capital could be left on the tarmac waiting for his charter plane to arrive from Karachi in Pakistan, Sky News said.

The Polish plane is expected in the Afghan capital in the next few hours, but by then all Britons – including British Ambassador Sir Laurie Bristow – may have left.

Mr Farthing will fly from Kabul to Tashkent in Uzbekistan before later returning to Britain, where he has won legions of fans for holding the government to account.

But in a blow to the ex-soldier, it emerged today that his animals will be locked up when he arrives in the UK.

British troops were seen securing the perimeter outside the Baron Hotel, near the abbey gate in Kabul on Thursday after the bombing

British troops were seen securing the perimeter outside the Baron Hotel, near the abbey gate in Kabul on Thursday after the bombing

Authorities said dogs and cats were under a four-month quarantine in kennels and catteries until at least Christmas.

The government has faced a constant stream of criticism for its haphazard mining plans, while Boris Johnson appeared to take a hit from Joe Biden, saying the timing of the pullout was “not one this country would have chosen” .

Shadow Defense Secretary John Healey said: “It is the blunt truth, despite the release of over 14,000 people, there are probably 1,000 Afghans who have worked with us for two decades in Afghanistan, helped our troops, our aid workers, our diplomats, whom we promised to protect, but we are leaving behind.

“And I know these troops in particular will feel that our failure on this as a country is a betrayal of many of those who have risked their lives to work alongside us.

“And I think what’s important now is that we may be abandoning the airport, but we cannot abandon the Afghan people or fight to try to protect the gains over which they and our troops, our diplomats and our aid workers have worked so hard two decades to win in Afghanistan.

The 57-year-old told how his employees were prevented from crossing the Taliban line into the UK zone at Kabul airport.

Pen Farthing, 57, recounted how his employees were prevented from crossing the Taliban line into the UK zone at Kabul airport

His desperate comments contrasted sharply with his wife, who spoke last night of how happy her husband and <a class=furry friends were to be on their way home.” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

His desperate comments contrasted sharply with his wife, who spoke last night of how happy her husband and furry friends were to be on their way home.

It comes as the US military said it used a drone strike to kill a member of the Islamic State group's Afghan affiliate (pictured, Kabul airport yesterday)

It comes as the US military said it used a drone strike to kill a member of the Islamic State group’s Afghan affiliate (pictured, Kabul airport yesterday)

International fury is mounting against the decision of US President Joe Biden to withdraw his troops from the country, which led to the rapid takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and in turn triggered the desperate evacuation, the foreign countries themselves seeing grant a deadline on August 31 to get their citizens. outside.

It comes as the US military said it used a drone strike to kill a member of the Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State group.

The strike came amid what the White House called indications that Isis-K was planning to strike again as the US-led evacuation of Kabul airport enters its final days.

A devastating suicide bomber claimed by the group killed as many as 170 Afghans and 13 US servicemen at the airport on Thursday.

Ministers said they were ready to “take action” to deal with terrorist threat as death toll continues to rise after suicide bombing that marked US troop largest loss in Afghanistan for a decade.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has confirmed the death of two British adults as well as the injuries of two others. It is understood that the deceased child was a teenager.

Mr Raab said: ‘They were innocent people and it is a tragedy that as they sought to bring their loved ones to safety in the UK they were murdered by cowardly terrorists.

“Yesterday’s vile attack underscores the dangers facing Afghans and reinforces why we are doing everything we can to get people out. We provide consular support to their families.

“We will not turn our backs on those who turn to us when they need it and we will never be intimidated by terrorists.”

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