A total of 85 people were injured in the nearly 500-rocket Palestinian rocket barrage hitting Israel from Gaza in less than 24 hours (Monday 4.30 pm to Tuesday at 6.30 am, when the salvos gained intensity). A man killed in a direct hit to an Ashkelon building was identified as a Palestinian worker from Hebron. Two women were critically wounded in Ashkelon. The Israeli security cabinet began a meeting at 9.am. Tuesday to decide on whether to expand Israeli’s military response after a series of air strikes against Palestinian buildings in Gaza City proved ineffective to stop the rockets. In fact, Palestinian spokesmen threatened Tuesday morning to expand their targets “beyond Beersheba and Ashdod” if Israel extended its retaliatory operations.