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Israel said it was considering an extended travel warning amid fears of retaliation from Iran.

Israel is considering issuing travel warnings for additional countries amid fears Iran could try to attack Israelis traveling abroad, Channel 12 news reported on Sunday.

The network, without citing a source, cited fears that Iran might view Israelis traveling abroad for the summer as targets for revenge attacks. The network did not specify for which countries the updated travel advisory could be issued.

The report comes after the National Security Council revised its travel warning for Turkey last month, saying there is a specific threat to Israelis from “Iranian terrorist fighters” there and in neighboring countries.

The warning follows the assassination of a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officer, Colonel J. Hassan Sayyad Khodai, which Iran blamed on Israel.

Khodai was shot five times in his car by two unidentified gunmen on motorcycles in central Tehran on May 22. He was reportedly involved in assassinations and kidnappings outside of Iran, including attempts to attack Israelis.

After Khodai was killed, another officer of the Quds Force, which oversees the IRGC’s overseas operations, died under unclear circumstances, as well as an engineer at a military facility and a scientist who was reportedly involved in the development of missiles and drones.

There were also unconfirmed reports of the death of another scientist working at the nuclear facility in Natanz, who was twice subjected to sabotage attacks for which Iran blamed Israel.

According to Channel 12, Israel believes that the Iranians are currently motivated to strike Israeli targets as the IRGC seeks to re-establish deterrence both inside its borders and abroad.

Khodai’s assassination was the most high-profile killing in Iran since the November 2020 assassination of leading nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Israel, which has not officially commented on the incident, has reportedly increased security at its embassies and consulates around the world in fear of an Iranian retaliatory attack.

Last month, an unidentified intelligence official told The New York Times that Israel had told US officials that it was behind the assassination. A senior member of the Israeli parliament denied this.

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