Israel releases new videos of Gaza flotilla raid
A new video released Wednesday by the Israeli government shows its troops withstanding a water hose and flying plates from activists aboard the Mavi Marmara during the Gaza flotilla raid.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry released a new video of the Gaza flotilla attacks that shows activists aboard the Mavi Marmara spraying water at a boat of Israeli soldiers as it tries to intercept their ship.Skip to next paragraph
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The video, which was filmed from aboard the Mavi Marmara, shows activists aboard the ship tossing a stun grenade at the Israeli boat and using chains and metal bars to prevent the Israeli soldiers from climbing aboard.
The video was carefully edited. Red circles point out the activists' makeshift weapons and a slow-motion sequence highlights the exploding grenade.
It had 330 views as of Wednesday morning (Boston time). Another video released Tuesday was taken from aboard the Israeli Navy vessel, allowing you to hear the frightened shouts of soldiers. One yells, "It's coming from all directions!" This one has attracted 170,000 views.
But the most popular video, with nearly 950,000 views as of today, was released May 31 on the Israeli Foreign Ministry website and YouTube. It shows Israeli commandos rappelling down onto the Mavi Marmara and being attacked by activists on the ship.
Yet another government video, which shows several piles of slingshots and metal bars and knives aboard the Mavi Marmara, had attracted more than 161,000 views as of Wednesday morning.
See both videos at: Gaza flotilla attacks: What do the videos show?
Today's video is the latest in an unfolding PR war between Israeli and Palestinian groups as the Israeli government attempts to portray the commandos who rappelled onto the Mavi Marmara as victims of violent attack. The Israeli Foreign Ministry said today in a statement: "The cabinet places full responsibility for the incident on those who started the violence which clearly placed the soldiers' lives in danger."