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Jordanian TV guests quarrel in live debate on Syria’s Assad

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Two Jordanians invited to debate President Bashar al-Assad’s latest speech following the Syrian leader’s recent re-election almost came to blows during a television show that was aired over the weekend.

The two Jordanians, Shakir al-Johari – an opponent of the Syrian regime – and Samih Kharees – a lawyer known from his fervent allegiance to Assad – were both invited by Jordanian TV channel Jo Sat to take part in a discussion on Assad’s speech on Friday.

The fight erupted when Johari, apparently incensed at having to sit at the same table as the lawyer, could not tolerate the affair anymore and threw a bottle of water followed by a pen at Kharees.

At one point, Kharees can be seen reaching for his chair as Johari makes his way toward the lawyer.

After clumsily trying to lift the chair, the much taller Johari manages to secure the object from his foe’s hands and turns it against him. Johari also threatened to beat Kharees with his belt.

The altercation came to end after intervention from the show’s host.

Kharees came to the public’s attention after he famously gifted Assad a traditional cloak worn by Arab men called the abaya and described it as the ““Pan-Arabism abaya” during a Jordanian delegation visit to Damascus early 2013.