Palestinian medical sources reported that Abed Al Karem Al Ghalbaan, 57, died at midday on Monday in a Gaza City hospital.

Doctors stated that Al Ghalbaan, had contracted cancer of the liver, and added that he had been denied Israeli army permission to leave the Gaza Strip for the life saving medical care he needed.

With Al Ghalbaan’s death, the number of Palestinians who have died due to the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip now stands at 158.

Israel has been blockading the Palestinian coastal region for 11 months, since shortly after the Hamas movement took control there.