18 May 2014, from Al Jazeera.
Gaza residents testify about the effects Israel and Egypt’s blockade of their land has had on their lives.
Denied freedom of movement, 1.7 million Palestinians are stuck in limbo, unable to enter or leave the Gaza Strip. As a result, they lack access to adequate medical care, and the ability to work and pursue education abroad.
Israel has a long history of isolating the Gaza Strip, subjecting it to many closures since the 1990s.
However, the blockade imposed since 2007, following Hamas’ electoral victory and subsequent takeover of Gaza, has been an unprecedented form of severe collective punishment.
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Israel regularly uses Gaza’s airspace for drone attacks and airstrikes against various targets.
The air siege over Gaza has had an overwhelming economic cost as well. Palestinians are not allowed to build their own airport or seaport, so the foreign trade of Gaza is solely conducted via Israeli ports.