Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat on Thursday warned Israel against "any irresponsible action" in the Gaza Strip in response to terror attacks that killed seven Israelis
and wounded dozens more in the South earlier in the day.
"Israel stands warned of any possible aggressive action or collective punishment measures against the Palestinian population in Gaza," Erekat said in a statement.RELATED:IDF strikes Gaza in response to attacks; 5 reported deadPolice beef up forces, call on public to be vigilantUS calls Eilat attack a 'brutal, cowardly act of terror'
Erekat stated that the Palestinian Authority is "against violence in all its forms," however, he added that such attacks should not be used by Israel as "a pretext for aggression."
The PA official called on the international community to ensure calm in the region.
Earlier on Thursday, Hamas warned Israel not to attack the Gaza Strip,
following a statement by Defense Minister Ehud Barak that the IDF would strike back at the terrorist infrastructure
in Gaza following the deadly triple terror attack.
As a precaution, Hamas sent its senior commanders into hiding and
evacuated command centers in anticipation of IDF strikes in response to
the terror attack that IDF sources speculated originated in the Gaza