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Israel reportedly retaliates after mortar shells fired from the Gaza Strip

On Tuesday morning, 25 mortar shells were fired from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, with most intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system.

Sirens went off at least twice warning people to take caution, and The Jerusalem Post says one of the mortars that made it to the ground landed at a kindergarten; no students were there at the time. Palestinians in the Gaza Strip told the Post that almost immediately, the Israeli Air Force and Israeli Defense Forces artillery units retaliated by targeting Hamas positions. No injuries have been reported.

Tensions are high in the region, and at least 116 Palestinians have been killed over the last few weeks during protests along the border. Israel says that Hamas is inciting violence, a charge leaders have denied.