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A French aircraft "measured" the targets in Yemen - Is the US preparing the next step with a massive bombing ?

These are critical times, as it seems, in Yemen, as we are close to a possible air attack on military and other infrastructure by the US coalition with the help of Western countries.

Piracy against merchant ships at the world's most critical water crossroads in the Red Sea is no longer tolerated.

The French military intelligence aircraft "LXC31" B350 ISR (reg: N31XX), which took off from Jimbo, photographed the Yemeni Houthi positions in view of a possible air "storm".


"It looks like they are preparing for an attack," defense sources said.

Currently the oil tanker St. Nikolas (formerly Suez Rajan), affiliated with the Greek shipping company Empire Navigation, is under occupation by paramilitary groups, according to a British military briefing.

The US is preparing the next step with massive bombing  

The US is mulling the next step after the UN demanded the Houthis stop their attacks in the Red Sea.

The Houthis were asked to "immediately cease all attacks that impede global trade and navigation rights and freedoms and regional peace", but of course the Houthis are ignoring everyone with the help of Iran.

The UN Security Council on Wednesday called on Yemen's Houthis to immediately end attacks on ships in the Red Sea and warned against escalating tensions, while tacitly approving a US-led task force to defend merchant ships.

The request came in a Security Council resolution that also called on the Houthis to release the Galaxy Leader, a Japanese vehicle transport ship linked to an Israeli businessman that was seized on November 19, along with its crew of 25.

Four members, including Russia and vetoing China, abstained. None voted against.

The main provision of the resolution, sponsored by the US and Japan, noted the right of UN member states, under international law, "to defend their ships from attack, including those that undermine the rights and freedoms of navigation."

The provision amounted to a tacit endorsement of Operation Prosperity Guardian, a US-led multinational naval group that defends merchant ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden from Houthi missile and drone attacks.

"The threat to navigation rights and freedoms in the Red Sea is a global challenge that requires a global response," said US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield urging the Council to adopt the resolution.

This approval could set the stage for retaliation by the US and its allies against the Houthis.

"We will do what we need to do to protect shipping in the Red Sea," John Kirby, a US national security spokesman, said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Some U.S. allies, however, are concerned that military action could expand the conflict area beyond the Gaza battlefield. But the point is that the Houthis are provoking and it is estimated that they may well receive their due for their actions in the coming hours.

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