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tr.v. be·sieged, be·sieg·ing, be·sieg·es
1. To surround with hostile forces: The soldiers besieged the walled city.
2. To crowd around; hem in: Fans besieged the star as she came out of the hotel.
3. To harass or overwhelm, as with requests: a shop owner besieged by job applications.

[Middle English besegen, probably alteration of assegen, from Old French assegier, from Vulgar Latin *assedicāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Vulgar Latin *sedicāre, to sit; see siege.]

be·siege′ment n.
be·sieg′er n.
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1. the state of being besieged
2. the act of besieging
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Israel wants Palestinians to accept their perpetual besiegement, embrace their fate as an occupied nation with no rights, subject to the whims of Israel and its racist, deadly policies.
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Politicians and NGOs are building pressure to end international support for the besiegement of Yemen, warning of an impending famine, but the real crisis is already here, and tens of thousands of people have been dying.
Yet a false narrative of besiegement, perpetuated by the far right, is motivating a reactionary tendency to weaponise religious sentiment and stoking a paranoia that, if history is any guide, cannot be satiated by appeasement.
Ala said that the committee's report on Eastern Ghouta promotes prefabricated accusations such as claims of besiegement, starvation, and intentional targeting of civilians and facilities, and it relies on illegal inferences with terms such as "likely" and "probably" to build deductions and accusation, in addition to relying on suspect testimonies from sources like the terrorist "White Helmets" organization, which was awarded USD 6.6 million for its role in fabricating and spreading videos about alleged chemical weapons use.
Mohamed Abdi Adar, Director of UNRWA Affairs in Syria said: "These refugees had already suffered untold hardship because of years of besiegement and hostilities and then late April, intensified fighting in Yarmouk further destroyed many homes, displacing thousands.