An Israeli Navy Soldier describes the violent confrontation aboard the Mavi Marmara, detailing the descent of the soldiers onto the ship and the types of weapons used against them.

Large groups of passengers surrounded soldiers and attacked them with metal poles and knives, and threw one soldier over the side of the ship. Some passengers grabbed pistols from the IDF (Zahal) soldiers and opened fire. As a result of the confrontation, seven IDF (Zahal) soldiers were injured, and nine of the passengers were killed.

The ‘Free Gaza’ Flotilla had publicly insisted on their non-violent intentions, however their violent attack on the IDF (Zahal) soldiers was clearly premeditated. They had knives, metal rods, slingshots and other items ready to use.