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Strange beauty in a gritty Palestinian garage

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Palestinian Ali al-Batniji, 18, poses in an auto repair garage in Gaza City on May 30, 2013. A picture of the Dome of the Rock shrine and Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City hangs in the background.

The apprentice mechanics in a Gaza City garage photographed by Mohammed Salem all left school to support their families. The position pays about $100 a month, garage owners said. 

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Mohammed Jundeya, 17, poses in an auto repair garage in Gaza City on May 30, 2013.

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Mohammed Jundeya works underneath an automobile.

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Mohammed Jundeya reaches for a tool.

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Apprentice mechanic Mohammed Yassin, 18, poses in an auto repair garage in Gaza City on May 30.