In footage taken by "activist" passengers themselves on the Mavi Marmara, "activists" are seen attacking Israeli soldiers with a stun grenade, a box of plates, and water hoses before the soldiers even boarded the ship.
The "activists" are seen waiving metal rods and chains - which they later used to attack the IDF soldiers.
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.
Five other ships arrived with the flotilla. The passengers on board these other 5 ships cooperated nonviolently with IDF soldiers and there were no injuries.
It has been disclosed that 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.
It has become clear that this group of mercenaries split into organized cells in order to combat the IDF soldiers. Full responsibility for the incident is placed on those who started the violence - which clearly placed IDF soldiers' lives in danger.