Tuesday 22 August 2017

Syrian man tripped by camerawoman identified as 'dream team' soccer coach Osama al-Abdelmohsen

Syrian man who was tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman in Roszke has been identified as Osama al-Abdelmohsen, a soccer coach from Deir Ezzo (Photo: Facebook/هلــــــــــــــةد)
Syrian man who was tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman in Roszke has been identified as Osama al-Abdelmohsen, a soccer coach from Deir Ezzo (Photo: Facebook/هلــــــــــــــةد)

Denise Calnan and Pablo Gorondi

A Syrian man who was tripped by a Hungarian camerawoman when trying to escape a makeshift camp with his son has been identified as a soccer coach from the town of Deir Ezzor.

Osama al-Abdelmohsen was carrying his son while running from a camp in Hungary when he was tripped by a camerawoman who was filming the scenes for a nationalist online TV channel called N1TV . 

She has since been fired after footage of her apparently kicking and tripping migrants as they fled from police went viral online.

Osama al-Abdelmohsen was identified in the footage by Syrian social media community accounts, according to FB Newswire.

The outlet have published a photograph reported to be Osama al-Abdelmohsen's Facebook profile photograph.

In the photograph, Osama is seen smiling as he leans down next to his son who is also grinning. It is unclear where the photograph was taken.

Osama is also seen alongside a football team in another photo on his Facebook profile. It is captioned: "New Hope".

People have commented underneath the football snap, writing: "Dream team" and "Good luck, I wish I was with you".

Osama's son also features in the photograph.

N1TV channel's editor, Szabolcs Kisberk, said in a statement that the employment of the camerawoman, who was widely identified as Petra Laszlo, had been 'terminated with immediate effect'.

He said she 'behaved unacceptably' at a police-supervised collection point for Arabs, Asians and Africans crossing the border from Serbia near the village of Roszke.

In videos and images posted online by multiple reporters, Ms Laszlo can be seen making sideways karate-style kicks into the knees of two people - a young man and a teenage girl - as they ran past her. Both stumbled but neither fell as Ms Laszlo continued filming.

She was also seen filming a running man carrying a young boy in his arms then sticking out her leg to trip him as he passed. The man and boy tumbled to the ground, the man falling on top of the child. The boy can be seen crying as the man leaps up to curse the camerawoman, who continues to film him.

Much of N1TV's content centres on the activities of the far-right Jobbik party, which wants all migrants deported.

Two left-wing opposition parties - former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsany's Democratic Coalition and the Dialogue for Hungary - both said they would report Ms Laszlo to police in the hope of getting her charged with assault, a crime with a potential prison sentence. Dialogue for Hungary politician Timea Szabo said Ms Laszlo demonstrated 'the pits of human behaviour'.

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