Iara Lee,seorang aktivis Freedom Flotilla dari Amerika Syarikat berada di atas kapal Mavi Marmara ketika tentera Israel melakukan serangan ke atas kapal itu.
"I feared for the lives of my fellow passengers as I heard shots being fired on deck, and I later saw the bodies of several people killed being carried inside. I had expected soldiers to shoot in the air or aim at people’s legs, but instead I saw the bodies of people who appeared to have been shot multiple times in the head or chest."
Beberapa ketika mendarat di Istanbul selepas dilepaskan kerajaan Israel,Iara Lee menyatakan bahawa,
"I go out with exclusive footage (of the attack) in high definition.I must go back to the USA and show it to the whole world."