Israel's National Security Counci said that since the killing of a senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, "there is an increased concern in the defense establishment that there will be Iranian attempts to harm Israelis around the world."

Gen. Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), said Iranian forces will close the strategic Strait of Hormuz to the United States and its allies if they "threaten" the Islamic Republic, Iranian state media reported on Wednesday.