Just over two weeks ago, young women were scattered across the world, enjoying a beach life.
After completing their military service, the friends embarked on a rite of passage for many young Israelis: the post-army backpacking trip.
Anat, not her real name, was in Bali, Indonesia. Her friend, Nurit, again not her real name, was in Perth, Australia.
Their carefree days ended on October 7 as they witnessed reports of massacres in their country after Hamas gunmen stormed the border and killed 1,400 people.
Just 17 days later, both men are now back in the army and reunited with many of their former comrades, having ditched beach clothes and donned olive green combat gear.
They are among 350,000 reservists called up by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for an imminent invasion of the Gaza Strip.
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