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An earring pokes out from under the helmet of Israeli army reservist Amir, a self-professed leftist who is pro-peace but finds himself looking through his rifle scope at buildings inside Gaza.

"It's surreal to be here", said Amir, one of more than 360,000 Israeli reservists called up for the war against Gaza-based Hamas militants.

Civilians one day, men and women like Amir become soldiers the next.

Under camouflage only 1.5 kilometres from the Palestinian enclave, Amir who did not give his last name according to army orders — finished his military service in 2014, just after an earlier Israeli war with militants in Gaza.

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