Joly Advises Canadians against Travel to Israel

OTTAWA - The federal government is recommending that Canadians avoid all travel to Israel, stating that the country faces a "heightened risk" of an attack on its territory.

Israel is bracing for a possible Iranian attack after an airstrike killed two Iranian generals in Syria last week. The same blast also damaged the Canadian embassy in Damascus. Iran has blamed Israel for the airstrike and has vowed revenge. Israel has not commented on the strike.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly (see the photo) posted on X that Canadians should avoid all travel to Israel and to the Palestinian-occupied West Bank. "With a heightened risk of attacks on Israeli territory, the regional security situation remains highly volatile & could escalate without notice," she said. "Canadians should consider leaving by commercial means."

Since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza began six months ago, there have been almost daily exchanges of fire between Israeli forces and the Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group along the Israel-Lebanon border.

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