Gaza debate turns into live bawl on Jordanian TVIBTimes UK

A quarrelsome Jordanian journalist turned a televised news debate on conflict in the Middle East into a brawl, as he decided to leave his analyst's seat to throw a chair at another guest.

Shaker al-Johari was discussing the Syrian civil war and Gaza crisis with Samih Khrais, a lawyer and activist, on the Josat satellite television channel when the conversion got too heated.

Video footage of the incident uploaded online shows Johari hurling a bottle at Khrais when the latter was trying to make a point.

Johari then gets up from his chair and crosses the studio to reach his rival. As the host unsuccessfully attempts to diffuse the hostility and get between the pair, Johari picks up a chair and throws it at Khrais.

A production staff member intervenes and eventually succeeds in placating the angered journalist, who nevertheless manages to throw a pen at his opponent, before being escorted back.

Johari is not new to live on-air fights. In May, he and another journalist smashed up a different Jordanian TV studio, after letting their opinions get the better of them. The subject of discussion that day was also Syria.