The Israeli army has fired missiles into the northern Gaza Strip in retaliation for a rocket that was reportedly fired into southern Israel from Palestinian territory.

Several people injured in the Gaza Strip following several nights of attacks by Israel, including a 17-year-old Palestinian youth who sustained an injury after his foot was struck by shrapnel.

So far, no group claimed responsibility for the rocket that was fired into the southern Israeli city of Sderot.

On July 2, Israeli air raids hit four sites in Gaza after a rocket struck a building in Sderot.

Israel reportedly ended its permanent military presence in the Gaza Strip in 2005 in what it called the “Gaza disengagement” but there have been reports of Palestinians being harassed by Israeli soldiers since then.

In April, it was reported that Dima al-Wawi, a 12 year old Palestinian girl become the youngest child to be beaten and imprisoned by Israeli soldiers while she was on her way to school.

She was sentenced to four-and-a-half months in prison and an an eight-thousand-shekel fine (£1,500) after she was kidnapped arrested while she was walking in the West Bank town of Halhoul.

The area is currently illegally occupied by Israeli soldiers. At that time, her family asserted that they were prevented from visiting their child or bringing her new clothes, despite the cold weather and harsh conditions in Israeli detention centres.

Dima was also denied access to a lawyer and her parents were also not allowed to speak to her before or even during the trial. On the day of the trial, Dima showed up in court wearing the same school uniform she had on the day of her arrest.

Conversely, Israeli children aged 12 and under cannot be held criminally liable.

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