Israeli Defense Forces Release Official Video Of Flotilla Attack On YouTube

The Israeli Defense Forces have taken to the internet to defend themselves from claims that they abused their power this morning in a raid of a humanitarian aid ship traveling to Gaza. Earlier today, they told the New York Times that, when approaching the ship, they encountered “live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs.” To back that up, they also released a video on YouTube which they claim proves the intentions of the people on board.

The video, featured on the IDF YouTube account and, with an accompanying report, on their official website, allegedly shows soldiers being attacked with metal poles and being thrown off the ship. The video’s description says “large groups of passengers surrounded soldiers and beat them with metal poles and chairs, and threw one soldier over the side of the ship. Some passengers grabbed pistols from the IDF soldiers and opened fire.” Interesting that, rather than turning to the press, the military of a major nation turned to YouTube to spread their footage of the event, getting the word out faster than if they had to wait for TV stations to use and edit the footage.

Video from the IDF below:

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