An IDF video clearly documents brutal attacks with metal clubs by the flotilla’s Muslim radicals on Israeli Navy commandos. The video shows that the “peace activists” were trained in terrorism and tried to kill the soldiers before Navy officers issued an “open fire” order.

Video: Close-up footage of Mavi Marmara passengers attacking IDF soldiers

The IDF videos provide proof that the “peace activists” that Navy commandos expected on the flotilla actually were armed extremists who had carefully planned to ambush the soldiers. One commando suffered serious wounds after a being thrown 10 meters from the bridge of one ship to the deck below.

Video: Demonstrators aboard the Mavi Marmara use violence against Israeli Navy soldiers

The demonstrators had clearly prepared their weapons in advance for this specific purpose,” IDF spokesmen said.

The attackers assaulted the commandos as they descended on deck by rope from helicopters hovering above the flotilla. The Navy soldiers were virtually defenseless because of their orders as the attackers beat them with metal clubs and knives and fired at them with two pistols that had been snatched from the commandos.

The soldiers were under orders not to shoot, but the “open fire” command was given after stun grenades failed to disperse the attackers. Nine people were killed, most of them from Turkey, where the radical IHH group organized the flotilla.

The Navy ships initially requested the ships to change course peacefully from Gaza and head for Ashdod, where they would be able to unload their aid material, which would then be transferred over land to Gaza after undergoing security inspections.  

Video: Soldiers who were attacked and examples of weaponry found on ships