SHAFAQNA -Â A survivor of the massacre in Tunisia has revealed local hotel staff members formed a human shield on the beach in a heroic bid to protect tourists from the rampaging gunman.
John Yeoman, 46, said Muslim staff members from the Bellevue Hotel told the gunman he would have to kill them first as they formed a human barricade between the shooter and Western tourists.
The chain of bodies can be seen in images taken of killer Seifeddine Rezgui which emerged yesterday â€“ about a dozen men stand side-by-side as the gunman, pictured in the foreground, marches away from them carrying his Kalashnikov.
It is just one of many incredible tales of survival to emerge in the aftermath of the deadly attack in which British survivors have described playing dead as Rezgui â€˜executedâ€™ wounded tourists.
He told MailOnline staff formed a shield and started yelling at the gunman: â€˜You must kill us first.â€™
The gunman, who openly declared he was targeting Western tourists during the killing spree, was also told: â€˜You will have to get past us, but weâ€™re Muslim.
â€˜Basically, the staff put themselves in the way,â€™ he said. â€˜The staff from the Bellevue were amazing, really good.â€™