A Lebanese news debate has gone viral after it ended in violence less than a minute after it started.
On Monday Bilal Daqmaq, a prominent Lebanese cleric and critic of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad, and former Syrian MP Ahmad Shlash, who supports the government in the civil war, were invited to take part in the debate which was aired on OTV.
When introducing Mr Shlash the host said that he was sorry to hear that the guest’s cousin had been murdered the day before by ISIS, who had accused the dead man of collaborating with the regime.
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The host then turned to Mr Daqmaq and asked whether he would like to offer his condolences.
I extend my condolences to the Syrian people for anyone killed.
Immediately taking offence Mr Shlash asked:
Brother, he asked you a straight question: Are you extending me condolences or not?
Arms folded Mr Daqmaq stated that ‘It’s none of you business’ which understandably did not please Mr Shlash who yelled ‘How can it possibly be none of my business!’.
The pair started swearing and shouting at each other before getting out of their seats to land blows on each other.
Glasses of water were thrown, chairs were knocked over and the men wrestled on the floor as the stunned host just watched on.
Eventually the poor moderator attempted to break up the fight and, as if his day couldn’t get any worse, he too had water thrown over him for his trouble.
Hopefully his next day at the office is a bit less chaotic.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.