Three of the Naval Commando soldiers who were hurt in the Mavi Marmara incident have been recognized by the Ministry of Defense as "disabled in IDF service." The three still serve in the commando unit and are awaiting the decision regarding the degree of disability to be determined for each of them.
The soldiers were stabbed with knives and beaten viciously with iron rods. One was thrown off the top deck of the Mavi Marmara. They are the first soldiers from the commando unit to be recognized as disabled following the Gaza flotilla clash.
The soldiers came armed with guns that are used for less-than-lethal effect against rioters, but found themselves surrounded by a lynch mob. They eventually used their pistols and shot dead nine assailants.