Palestinian medical sources reported that a Palestinian patient died on Saturday after the Israeli army refused to allow him to leave the coastal region for medical care.

The sources said that Yihiya Al Jamal, 53, had cancer and had applied three times to leave Gaza but the Israeli army refused. Doctors said that Al Jamal was diagnosed with cancer 9 months ago.

The Israeli army has imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip since June 2007, leaving the 1.5 million Palestinians living under severe conditions.

Al Jamal is the 70th person who has died of a chronic illness since Israel placed the Gaza Strip under total siege. Those 69 included children, the youngest being Doua Habib, who was five months old.