IDF Spokesperson 02 June 2010 , 14:53
Video shows what took place as IDF soldiers intercepted the Mavi Marmara ship and were attacked by its passengers
Video footage shows Shayetet Naval Special Forces attempting to intercept the Mavi Marmara ship which is part of the Gaza flotilla. Passengers on board are seen throwing chains, metal pipes and a stun grenade at the soldiers while attacking them with water hoses. The passengers later use the same metal pipes to beat the soldiers who boarded the Marmara. The soldiers can be seen armed with paintball guns, to be used as a means of riot dispersal.
Five other ships arrived to the area with the flotilla, however IDF
interception took place with no incident. The passengers on board these other ships cooperated nonviolently with IDF soldiers and there were no injuries.
In a special meeting of the Israeli Security Cabinet held on Tuesday (June 1), it was disclosed that approximately 40 people on the upper deck of the ship with no identification wearing bullet proof vests and using weapons against the IDF soldiers are considered mercenaries of the Al Qaeda terror organization. During this special meeting it became clear that while the civillian protestors were sent to the lower deck of the ship, this group of mercenaries split into organized cells in order to combat the IDF soldiers.
The cabinet places full responsibility for the incident on those who started the violence which clearly placed the soldiers’ lives in danger.