Mohammed Bar, a Palestinian man who works as a lifeguard along the beach in Gaza City gestures instructions to swimmers in sea on August 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ROBERTO SCHMIDT
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It's a world away from the glitz and glamour of "Baywatch," but in time of war Gaza's most devoted lifeguard is passionate about keeping the beach a little bit safer.More than 2,140 Palestinians were killed during 50 days of violence in Gaza that finally ended on Tuesday when a long-term truce came into force.Hopefully, beach life will quickly return to normal, but during the seven-week war, Bar still turned up for work each day during temporary cease-fires, the only lifeguard to do so."Baywatch" – the hit U.S. show that captivated millions with busty blondes in tight red bathing suits that Bar has never seen – is written on the only buoy hanging up in his rickety wooden tower.He would love a jet ski, he says, but Israel's eight-year blockade on Gaza and a lack of cash have put paid to that.There was nothing Bar could do to stop the war.His home in Zeitoun in southeastern Gaza City was destroyed in the fighting and he is staying at an uncle's house.
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