The Israel-led blockade of the Gaza Strip cost the Palestinian enclave more than $16bn and pushed more than one million people below the poverty line in just more than 10 years, according to a new United Nations report which calls for an immediate stop to the continuing siege that has caused a near-collapse of economic activities in Gaza and a poverty rate of 56 percent. “It is really shocking that in the 21st century, two million people can be left in that kind of condition,” said Richard Kozul-Wright, director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD.