Video: Journalists fight over Syria civil war

Two journalists in Jordan having a televised debate about the civil war in neighboring Syria literally turned - and overturned - the table on each other during an on-air brawl.

Mohammad al-Jayousi, left, and Shaker al-Johari, right, come to blows after a disagreement over Syria. Picture: AP
Mohammad al-Jayousi, left, and Shaker al-Johari, right, come to blows after a disagreement over Syria. Picture: AP

The program aired on Tuesday on the “Seven Stars” satellite television channel.

It featured journalists Shaker al-Johari and Mohammad al-Jayousi talking about the 3-year-old war pitting rebels against President Bashar Assad’s government, a conflict that activists say has killed more than 150,000 people.

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However, the debate fell apart as al-Jayousi accused al-Johari of supporting the Syrian rebels. Al-Johari then accused al-Jayousi of taking money for supporting Assad.

Mohammad al-Jayousi, left, and Shaker al-Johari, right, come to blows after a disagreement over Syria. Picture: AP

The two men, obviously carried away by the debate, stood up and grabbed the edge of the studio table they had been seated at, and tried to fight each other.

In the scuffle, the top of the table broke off and the rest of it toppled as the moderator and studio workers tried to stop the fight and finally separated the two journalists.