Israel kept up a steady bombardment of the Gaza Strip from the air and sea on Friday as the United States offered to broker a cease-fire that would end an offensive launched to quell rocket fire from the territory.

The death toll from the Israeli attacks continued to climb, with the Gaza Health Ministry reporting 101 people killed, 21 of them children, and more than 700 injured since the start of the campaign on Tuesday.

Many of the casualties have been civilians; the Gaza Health Ministry said the dead included at least 18 women and 12 people it described as “elderly.”

In Israel, eight people were reported wounded, one seriously, when a rocket fired from Gaza hit a gas station in the southern Israeli port city of Ashdod.

A rocket fired by militants in Lebanon landed in northern Israel in an open area, causing no casualties or damage, the army said. Israeli troops responded with artillery fire.

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