A Palestinian man died of a heart attack at an Israeli military checkpoint in the Gaza Strip today after soldiers refused to allow an ambulance carrying him to hospital to pass.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said she had no immediate information on the report.
Mr Ali Moussa, director of Rafah Hospital in southern Gaza, said 56-year-old Mr Sami Basala initially reached the checkpoint in an ambulance yesterday evening and was turned away.
"He returned more than five hours later and died at the checkpoint after a further 30 minute delay", Mr Moussa said.
Israel has said it allows Palestinians to cross military checkpoints for humanitarian reasons, but several Palestinians have died because of such delays since the uprising against Israeli occupation erupted in September 2000 after peace talks stalled.
Israel imposed a blockade on Palestinian areas in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the start of the uprising, citing security concerns. The closure hampers trade, work and travel and has dealt a severe blow to the Palestinian economy.