Although the details still remain unclear – and will doubtlessly be spun in different ways – here are some of the initial reports of the violent outcome of the surprise raid by the IDF.
Jerusalem Post summary. According to the Jerusalem Post, “the soldiers encountered fierce resistance from the passengers who were armed with knives, bats and metal pipes. The soldiers used non-lethal measures to disperse the crowd. The activists, according to an IDF report, succeeded in stealing two handguns from soldiers and opened fire, leading to an escalation in violence.”
Press conference proceedings from Danny Ayalon, Deputy Foreign Minister stating that the Gaza activists on board had weapons.
EU foreign minister Catherine Ashton called for an extensive probe.
Protests occurred in Turkey.
Report from the IDF spokesman. Other reports and video from this site show the violent response against the Israeli commandos.
George Friedman in Stratfor provides a thoughtful analysis of the strategic implications of the events, including the potential problems for Israel – considering that provoking violence and an international reaction was an important goal of the flotilla organisers.