At 7:50PM, Barak called for "special situation" status on the home front at a distance of 40 km from Gaza. Government approval is needed.
At 7:59PM, Be'er Sheva alarms told residents to seek shelter from rocket attacks.
At 8:03PM, eight Palestinian deaths were reported. Another 30 were wounded.
At 8:09PM, Palestinians reported an explosion at the home of former Fatah security head, Rashid Abu Shabak in Gaza.
At 8:11PM, rocket fire struck a parked vehicle in Be'er Sheva.
At 8:12PM, Be'er Sheva alarms again sounded. Rocket fire was reported.
At 8:17, 8:19, and 8:20PM, more rockets were fired.
At 8:37PM, Netanyahu accused Hamas and Islamic Jihad of harming Israelis.
At 8:40PM, Israel's US embassy said surgical strikes showed restraint in responding to Hamas rockets.
At 8:50PM, rockets were fired toward Dimona for the first time.
At 9:21PM, Israeli gunboats shelled Gaza.
At 9:18PM, Jimmy Carter condemned attacks on both sides.
Press TV said Israeli warships fired missiles on Gaza.
Egypt recalled its Israeli ambassador. Reuters said Egypt condemned Israeli attacks on Gaza. Foreign Minister Kamel Amr demanded they stop immediately.
Failure "could have negative repercussions on the security and stability of the region." Israel's escalation is "very dangerous."
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party political wing said: