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More video of the brawl in the Bay

Another video of the violent clash between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s security detail surfaced today, this one broadcast by the Associated Press. This video provides a clearer view of the action, showing a female U.N. guard calling for backup as Erdogan’s guards marched past her. "We need assistance…at the second floor balcony," she says. ...

Another video of the violent clash between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s security detail surfaced today, this one broadcast by the Associated Press. This video provides a clearer view of the action, showing a female U.N. guard calling for backup as Erdogan’s guards marched past her.

"We need assistance…at the second floor balcony," she says. The video provides the first photographic evidence that the tussle occurred in two separate location: the 4th floor entrance to the General Assembly hall and the second floor section where foreign leaders were holding their bilateral meetings. A second clip from this video shows about six U.N. security personnel wrestling a man to the ground. A larger group of U.N. security agents rush in to provide support. In the background, a photographer records the incident, though it’s not clear where, nor if, those images have been published. The incident began after Erdogan and his large entourage, late for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas‘s General Assembly speech, rushed towards the wrong entrance to the hall. U.N. security agents tried to stop the group from entering the General Assembly’s fourth floor balcony because it was already full and did not provide a passageway to the Turkish delegations’ seats. It’s still not exactly clear what happened at that point, but the misunderstanding quickly degenerated into a fist fight that left at least one U.N. official hospitalized with severely bruised ribs.

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Colum Lynch is Foreign Policy’s award-winning U.N.-based senior diplomatic reporter. @columlynch

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