Supply of weapons discovered on board Mavi Marmara ship
01 June 2010 , 01:15
weapons found on board the mavi marama
Pictures are some of the weapons discovered on board the Mavi Marmara. Photo: IDF Spokesperson
weapons found on board the mavi marama
Photo shows some of the knives found on board the Mavi Marmara ship. Photo: IDF Spokesperson
Slingshots found on board the Mavi Marmara shipinscribed with the word ''Hizbullah''. Photo: IDF Spoksperson
After passengers on board the Mavi Marmara departed the ship at the Ashdod port, security forces began checking the boat and found a cache of weapons on board.

Arnon Ben-Dror

After IDF soldiers succeeded in stopping the attack against them by passengers on board the Mavi Marmara ship, the ship was brought to the Ashdod port and arrived in the late hours of Monday evening (May 31). Flotilla participants were brought off the ship and taken for questioning.

Once the activists left the ship, security forces began a thorough search and found a supply of weapons, including knives, Molotov cocktails, detonators, wood and metal clubs, slingshots and rocks, large hammers and sharp metal objects. In addition, gas masks were found, pointing to the prior intention of the ship’s passengers to use violence against IDF soldiers who would then be forced to use riot dispersal methods.

The Mavi Marmara was the last among the flotilla ships to arrive on Monday to Ashdod. Beforehand, the other five ships participating in the flotilla arrived. Unlike the Mavi Marmara, passengers on board the other ships cooperated with the security forces. The removal of passengers from the ships was secured by Israeli Police special forces, headed by the Yamam Special Police Unit, in addition to Military Policemen and naval officers who assisted in escorting the passengers to the security examination site set up in the Ashdod port. 

In this security check, personnel from the Oz Unit of the Ministry of the Interior waited for the passengers of the flotilla, and verified the identification of the passengers using their passports. Some of the passengers were arrested and some deported. Due to the extremely violent attack by passengers on board the Mavi Marmara against IDF soldiers, these passengers were detained for questioning at the port.

Among the IDF representatives who arrived to the Ashdod port throughout the day were Deputy Chief of the General Staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz, Head of the Operations Directorate Maj. Gen. Tal Roso, GOC of the Southern Command Maj. Gen. Yoav Galent and GOC of the Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Yair Golan.