Observation units identified the two terrorist cells early in the morning. Israeli Air Force planes attacked and hit the first cell. An IDF force deployed to the area killed some 10 terrorists from the second cell.
IDF forces are conducting a manhunt for the terrorists who escaped back to the Gaza Strip, as they continue to scan the area in which the incident occurred.
The terrorists infiltrated into Israeli territory Monday morning between two kibbutzim, Erez and Nir Am. After two hours, in which residents were directed to remain indoors and lock their doors – roads were even closed to traffic south of Ashkelon – IDF forces killed the terrorists.