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Lebanese MPs in Televised Fisticuffs

Lebanese politicians came to blows live on national television over the crisis in neighbouring Syria on Monday.

During the melee MPs were seen hurling insults – and chairs – at each other before the broadcast cut to an impromtu commercial break.

Fayez Shukr, representing the Baath Party – which has links to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s party of the same name – and former opposition MP Mustafa Alloush, locked horns over Assad’s credibility in a late night talkshow yesterday on Lebanon’s MTV station.

“You don’t listen. I wish you would listen to what Assad says,” Shukr said.

Alloush responded, “I heard him. I don’t believe a word he says.”

“Who are you to believe or not believe him?” Shukr said.

Alloush shot back that Assad was a “liar.”

The two then proceeded to hurl insults and swear at one another, before Shukr threw a glass of water at Alloush over the talkshow host’s head.

Papers and insults flying, both men then jumped out of their seats and charged at each other, with one picking up a chair as their bewildered host urged them to calm down.

Then the the show went to a commericial break.

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