After the ships ignored numerous warnings to redirect toward Ashdod, where their material could be checked and then transferred to Gaza, teams of elite naval commandos boarded the vessels. On the lead boat, the Mavi Marmara, demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF personnel with live fire, light weaponry, knives and clubs. Two weapons were also taken from the soldiers and used against them.
As a result of the violence, seven soldiers were wounded and nine Turkish citizens were killed.
Lawyers at the International Criminal Court decided not to open up an investigation into the case on November 6, 2014. The lawyers admitted that they believe that war crimes had been committed by IDF soldiers during the incident, but the crimes were not of significant gravity to merit an investigation by the ICC. Seven months later, in July 2015, members of the ICC voted 2-1 and ordered the ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to once again consider opening a full investigation into the incident. Members of the ICC harshly informed Bensouda that she should seriously consider the possibility that the deaths of those killed by the IDF were “systematic” and “deliberate.”