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FBI Director Christopher Wray has pointed out a surge in domestic threat reports in the wake of Israel’s conflict with Hamas.
In a recent Fox News interview, Wray expressed concern about potential “lone actors in the United States” possibly acting on “misguided inspiration that they draw from the conflict in the Middle East.” In terms of preventive measures, he emphasized, “We’re constantly making sure that we have got the latest intelligence… to make sure that we have anticipated any threats that can arise.”
Over the weekend, Wray reiterated his concerns, stating at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in San Diego that threats are undeniably increasing. He remarked, “the targeting of a community because of their faith is totally unacceptable.” New York City’s Mayor, Eric Adams, also warned citizens about potential “lone wolves” after Hamas’ attacks on Israel.
The conflict in the region intensified after Hamas, identified as a terrorist group by the US, launched an attack resulting in over 1,400 deaths in Israel, including 31 Americans, as confirmed by the White House. While an Israeli spokesperson has indicated that Hamas might have taken 206 individuals hostage, US officials haven’t verified the number of American hostages.
Israeli counterstrikes in Gaza reportedly resulted in over 3,400 Palestinian casualties and more than 12,000 injuries, as mentioned by the Gaza Health Ministry. In addition, the humanitarian situation in Gaza deteriorated further after Israel’s clampdown on essential supplies, leading many Palestinians to seek refuge in shelters.