The Implications of Siege and the Internal Palestinian Division on the Situation in the Gaza Strip Since 2007
June 2017 marks the 10th year of the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip. It began on June 15, 2007, one day after Hamas seized control in Gaza and one year after Hamas won the Palestinian parliamentary elections, which left Gaza mired in internal political conflict. The closure policy was not new; since 1967 the occupation military forces have implemented systematic closures and sieges in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the West Bank and Gaza. However, the imposition of a full siege was new in its range and comprehensiveness. The effects and implications of the siege, internal Palestinian divisions, boycotts by the international community and several Israeli wars on Gaza have left the area in a catastrophic situation.