The siege began in 2006. In 2007, when Hamas took full control of Gaza, the siege stopped being only an economic embargo - a comprehensive siege was imposed. All aspects of life were harmed.
More than 150 medicines are blocked from Gaza and so is medical equipment - 510 people have died due to this lack of medicine and the inability of people to travel for treatment. Some of them, when they asked for treatment in Israel, were told, "Yes, you can have medication. But you have to work as a spy for us."