After a decade of Israeli siege: When will Gazans be free?

According to a 2014 report by the Israeli rights groups B’Tselem and Hamoked, Israeli authorities use a very strict and limiting approach when it comes to Gaza residents visiting their relatives and loved ones living in the West Bank.
Israeli authorities do not usually give permits unless the requests include visiting a seriously ill first-degree relative at death’s door or who has been in prolonged hospitalization, and attending a wedding or funeral of a first-degree relative.
 
According to a report by the Israeli human rights group Gisha, the number of exits through Erez Crossing fell by 55 percent in the first half of 2017 in comparison with the same period in 2016. Since 2013, after the military coup that removed president Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian-controlled Rafah Crossing has been mostly closed.
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