The IDF will take all necessary action to return the quiet to the South, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday following a barrage of rockets and mortar shells that rained down on southern Israel overnight.

In an interview with Army Radio, the defense minister said that the IDF was exploring all options in search of a solution to silence the escalation. He indicated, however, that a full-scale military operation was unlikely at this time.

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Barak also dismissed the idea of talking to Hamas, saying that it is an enemy organization that Israel cannot talk to.

Meanwhile, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz held an evaluation of the latest security situation and weighed the military's response options to the Palestinian rocket barrage on Wednesday morning.

Ahead of the evaluation, Gantz toured southern Israel together with the commanders of Military Intelligence and the IDF's Southern Command.
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