Wed, june 02, 2010 | youtube | IDFnadesk and Arutz Sheva
Mavi Marmara Activists Attack IDF Before Soldiers Board Ship
In footage captured on the Mavi Marmara, activists are seen attacking the soldiers with a stun grenade, a box of plates, and water hoses as the soldiers attempt to board the ship. the activists are also waiving around metal rods and chains later used to attack the soldiers with. The IDF soldiers were armed with paint ball guns (used for riot dispersal) and pistols which they were ordered to use only as a last resort.
In the early hours of the 31st of May 2010, IDF soldiers boarded the ships of the “Free Gaza” Flotilla, after the ships refused to redirect their course. Aboard the Mavi Marmara the soldiers encountered serious violence when, in a preplanned attack, the activists on board lynched the soldiers with knives, metal rods and stole two of their guns. As a result 7 soldiers were injured and 9 activists were killed.
…The IDF soldiers were armed only with paint ball guns, used for riot dispersal, and pistols, two of which were snatched by the attackers. After a volley of shots were fired at the soldiers, the command was given to open fire in return.
Five other ships arrived to the area with the flotilla, and the IDF interception took place without incident. The passengers on board these other ships cooperated nonviolently with IDF soldiers, and there were no injuries.