Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray has revealed the bureau has seen an increase in domestic threats since last weekend's attacks in Israel.
Wray, 56, made the comments while speaking to a gathering of police chiefs in San Diego, where he urged citizens to be vigilant and share intel to stop 'lone actors' inspired by Palestinian militant group Hamas.
'Whether that be from foreign terrorist organizations, or those inspired by them, or domestic violent extremists motivated by their own racial animus, the targeting of a community because of their faith is totally unacceptable.
'We remain committed to continue confronting those threats – both here in the United States and overseas.'
He added: 'In this heightened environment, there's no question we're seeing an increase in reported threats, and we've got to be on the lookout – especially for lone actors who may take inspiration from recent events to commit violence of their own.'
'I'd also ask you to continue sharing any intelligence or observations you may have,' he added
The warning – which came a day after several cities like New York found themselves on red-alert due to looming concerns over demonstrations related to the conflict – was first reported on social media and has since been re-shared by the FBI.
It deviates somewhat from the bureau's last statement on the potential issue, issued October 9, where it said it 'does not have specific and credible intelligence indicating a threat to the United States.'
The remarks came the same day that Israel defense officials said they are set to commence 'significant military operations' in Gaza, after an impending evacuation
Less than a week later – after several Hamas commanders who led the terror group's rampage October 7 were killed in airstrikes and after a ex-Hamas leader called for Muslims around the world to take part in a 'Day of Jihad' – that appears to have changed.
While not specifying any particular threats, the bureau said it is still 'closely monitoring unfolding events' on US soil, and will share 'relevant information' with either state, local, or international authorities, when applicable.
Meanwhile, a reported 29 Americans have died in Israel due to the ongoing chaos – which is expected to worsen in coming days as Israel Defense Forces plots a ground strike.
Over 3,200 people have died on both sides in the fighting – with another 15 Americans currently unaccounted for.
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