(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

A large number of Kassam rockets and mortar shells were launched from all along the Gaza Strip into Israel since dawn today.

According to security assessments, the Hamas terrorist organization attempted to execute yet another terrorist attack by means of a large-scale operation. IDF forces operated in an immediate and determined manner, thus thwarting the planned terrorist attack.

The IDF will continue to operate in the area, monitor the developments and provide a security response to every threat.

Hamas has continued to plan terrorist attacks against the citizens of Israel, cynically using the cease fire.