Israeli jets bomb Gaza after shells from strip

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli jets have dropped several bombs at what security officials say was an Islamic Jihad militant training site in central Gaza.

No injuries were reported in the Israeli bombing on Tuesday. Smoke was seen rising near the town of Deir al-Balah in the coastal strip. The Israeli military said the explosions there were related to its activity.

Israel has threatened to retaliate after more than 25 mortar shells were fired from Gaza earlier in the day toward southern Israeli communities. It appeared to be the largest number fired in a single incident since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. One of the shells landed near a kindergarten shortly before it opened.

The border area has been tense in recent weeks as Palestinians have held mass protests aimed at lifting an Israeli-Egyptian blockade imposed after Hamas seized power in 2007.