Chaos and gunfire plaguing Afghanistan rescue efforts

Taliban fighters have shot and beaten Afghan asylum-seekers trying to reach Kabul airport – threatening Australian plans to rescue up to 800 people.

Late on Wednesday night Australians and Afghans with refugee visas were being processed by Australian officials on the ground at Kabul airport.

An interpreter has been liaising between officials and Afghans to coordinate the evacuation effort.

Chaos has been plaguing the operation with sporadic gunfire forcing the first rescue flight to leave with more than 100 empty seats.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said evacuation flights would shuttle people between the Afghan capital and the United Arab Emirates for as long they can continue.