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Hightened Risk: Canada Asks Citizens To Halt Travel to Israel, West Bank As Biden Warns of Imminent Strike By Iran

Canadians are being told to avoid all travel to Israel and the West Bank because of the “unpredictable security situation” in the region.

This is coming amid warning by US President Joe Biden of an imminent potential strike on Israeli soil by Iran.

Global Affairs Canada said there is a heightened risk of attacks on Israeli territory, while tensions and violence are high in the West Bank.

Palestinian health officials said a Palestinian man was killed and 25 others were hurt today after dozens of angry Israeli settlers stormed into a village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, shooting and setting houses and cars on fire.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly said the regional security situation remains highly volatile and could escalate without notice.

She advised Canadians to leave the area by commercial means.

The updated travel guidance comes less than two weeks after seven aid workers with the World Central Kitchen, including a dual Canadian-American citizen, were killed when an Israeli airstrike hit their convoy while they were delivering food in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has alerted to a potential strike on Israeli soil by Iran.

Biden, who said the attack will come “sooner rather than later”, however renewed  his warning against Tehran to desist or risks an “ironclad”.

Biden’s caution comes after reports citing US officials suggested that Iran has prepared over 100 cruise missiles and an equal number of drones for a potential strike on military sites within Israel. 

The assault on Israel may involve Iranian military units as well as allied groups supported by Iran, the report disclosed. 

While speaking to reporters on Friday, Biden emphasised Washington’s commitment to protecting Israel and sent a simple message to Iran–“Don’t”.

“We are devoted to the defense of Israel. We will support Israel. We will help defend Israel and Iran will not succeed”, he said.

Earlier, the US president vowed “ironclad” support for Israel after Iran threatened to launch a “significant attack” following an alleged Israeli airstrike on the Syrian embassy on April 2 that killed top Iranian military officials, including a senior member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force.

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken  has urged his counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, China and European countries to use their influence to dissuade Iran from striking Israel. 

He also nudged them to convince Tehran that such “escalation is not in anyone’s interest”, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

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