Palestinian medical sources reported on Wednesday that an aged woman was pronounced dead after being prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip for medical care by the Israeli Armed forces.

Jazyiah Abu Hilal, 65, from Gaza city died on Tuesday night, from a chronic illness. For several months she was prevented by the army from leaving Gaza to obtain life saving treatment, doctors said.

The death of Abu Hilal, brings the number of Palestinians dead, because of being denied permission to leave Gaza for medical care to 118, according to medical sources in the Palestinian coastal region.

The Israeli army has placed Gaza under total siege since June 2007.