Foreign Minister Melanie Joly posted a statement on social media site X late on Friday and said Canadians already in the area should consider leaving by commercial means.

"With a heightened risk of attacks on Israeli territory, the regional security situation remains highly volatile & could escalate without notice," Joly posted.

The federal government had previously advised Canadians to avoid non-essential travel to the region.

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that he expected Iran to attack Israel "sooner, rather than later" and warned Tehran not to proceed.

(Reporting by Nia Williams in British Columbia; Editing by Daniel Wallis)