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Turkish parliament descends into chaos after opposition MP criticizes Erdogan

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A fistfight erupted in the Turkish parliament on Wednesday during a speech by an opposition lawmaker who earlier accused President Tayyip Erdogan of disrespecting Turkish soldiers who died in Syria.

The video obtained by Reuters from a contact who was at the location showed dozens of parliamentarians joined the brawl, some climbing desks or throwing punches, while others tried to stop the fighting.

Engin Ozkoc, a lawmaker from the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), had accused the president at a news conference and later in tweets of disrespecting soldiers who were killed last week in Syria's Idlib region.

Ozkoc also accused Erdogan of irresponsibility for sending troops into a conflict without air cover.

The speaker of parliament, Mustafa Sentop, condemned the statement by the opposition lawmaker.

Ankara prosecutors launched an investigation into a suspected insulting of the president, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.