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Friday, June 04, 2010

'We had no choice'

The IDF soldier who claims to have killed six of the nine mercenaries who were killed in the attempt to breach the Gaza 'blockade' says that there was no choice but to open fire (Hat Tip: Memeorandum).
The 15th and last naval commando from Flotilla 13 (the Shayetet) to rappel down onto the ship from the helicopter, S. said on Thursday that he was immediately attacked by what the IDF has called “the mob of mercenaries” aboard the vessel, just like the soldiers who had boarded just before him.

Looking to his side, he saw three of his commanders lying wounded – one with a gunshot wound to the stomach and another with a gunshot wound to the knee. A third was lying unconscious; his skull was fractured by a devastating blow with a metal bar.

As the next in the chain of command, S., who has been in the Shayetet for three and a half years, immediately took charge.

He pushed the wounded soldiers up against the wall of the upper deck and created a perimeter of soldiers around them to begin treating their wounds, he said. He then arranged his men to form a second perimeter, and pulled out his 9 mm. Glock pistol to stave off the charging attackers and to protect his wounded comrades.

The attackers had already seized two pistols from the commandos, and fired repeatedly at them. Facing more than a dozen of the mercenaries, and convinced their lives were in danger, he and his colleagues opened fire, he said. S. singlehandedly killed six men. His colleagues killed another three.


Based on preliminary results of its investigation into the navy’s takeover of the Mavi Marmara, which ended with nine dead passengers and more than 30 wounded, the IDF said on Thursday that the commandos were attacked by a well-trained group of mercenaries, most of whom were found without IDs but with thousands of dollars in their pockets.

The group was well trained and was split into a number of squads of about 20 mercenaries each distributed throughout the upper deck, the IDF said. All of the mercenaries wore gas masks and ceramic bulletproof vests and were armed with either bats, slingshots, metal bars, knives or stun grenades.

The IDF’s understanding is that the mercenaries mainly chose dual-purpose items of this sort rather than guns, since opening fire would have made it blatantly clear that they were terrorists and not so-called peace activists.

Nevertheless, the IDF suspects that the group did have some guns of its own. Israeli forensic experts who examined the ship found casings belonging to a weapon that was not used by the commandos, and the Turkish captain of the ship later told the IDF that the “mercenaries” threw their weapons overboard after the commandos took control of the vessel.
Stunned by their success, the Turks have announced that another ship called the Rachel Corrie St. Pancake will arrive in Gaza within 24 hours.

Will the IDF be aggressive from the get-go this time?


At 2:46 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

This commando is a complete hero: 6 terrorists! Fabulous!

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Close quarter combat with jihadis:

House to House: An Epic Memoir of War
by David Bellavia


An unabridged audio version is available for you iPod, also.

I wonder if the IDF did drug tests on the jihadis to see whether it matches up with what Bellavia, the Black Hawk Down guys, et al ran into. It should be done whenever possible so the world can see what it takes for these jihadis to do what they do.

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

OK...so the holocaust is over...get it? over and done with...yes we are all sorry it happened...but, please quit it with the pity speeches conjuring up the past and look ahead. Look at what you are doing to the people who had NOTHING to do with the holocaust...the Muslims weren't responsible for it so stop acting like NAZIS and stop the blockade and putting innocent people and children on a so called "DIET"....Hitler must be dancing in his grave since he knows now that at least some country is following in his footsteps...even in victory, u have lost where it really counts! maybe if Israel shows some empathy people will like it more...just some advice.


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