Weapons from Mavi Marmara 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The captain of the Mavi Marmara tried to convince dozens of IHH activists not to engage in violent clashes with the IDF two hours prior to the commando's boarding of the ship, reported Army Radio on Friday.
The Gaza flotilla ship's captain, Mehmet Tubal, said while being investigated in Israel that he and other members of the Mavi Marmara's staff did all they could to prevent the activists from confronting soldiers, even throwing some of the IHH member's metal pipes and chains overboard.
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Another senior member of the ship's staff said that 40 IHH activists took control of the Mavi Marmara and dictated the rest of the passengers' movements.
The occurrence of violence aboard the Mavi Marmara
may have been predetermined by the IHH 's purchase of the ship along with possible tacit approval from the Turkish government.
"[The] IHH acquired the Mavi Marmara
from the AKP-run municipality of Istanbul. It is not conceivable that
the IHH’s Gaza operation could have been carried out absent high-level
government sanction," wrote Svante Cornell, a Swedish security expert
who specializes in Eurasia, in an article published on Monday.
A journalist on-board the Mavi Marmara
described as having good links with the heads of the Turkish government
and Bulent Yildirim, head of the IHH, had stated, "The flotilla was
organized with the support of the Turkish government and Prime Minister
Erdogan gave the instructions for it to set sail. That was despite the
fact that everyone knew it would never reach its destination," according
to the report.