0618 GMT January 20, 2019
Reports say the Houthis entered the port of Mocha, nearly 110 kilometers (68 miles) west of the major city of Ta’izz, on Tuesday.
The takeover of the port will facilitate the revolutionaries’ critical access to the strategic strait of Bab el-Mandeb.
The Ansarullah fighters took control of Ta’izz on March 22.
In another operation, the Houthis entered the town of Dhale’e, some 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of Ta’izz, on the same day. Clashes broke out between the fighters and militants loyal to the fugitive President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in the town.
Kirsh was the other town taken over by the Houthis on Tuesday. It lies about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north of the city of Aden, where Hadi has taken refuge.
In late January, Hadi, along with the cabinet of Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, stepped down over pressure from the Ansarullah revolutionaries, but the Yemeni parliament did not approve his resignation.
Hadi fled his home in the capital on February 21 after weeks under effective house arrest and went to Aden, Yemen’s second largest city, where he officially withdrew his resignation and highlighted his intention to resume duties.
The Ansarullah fighters took control of the capital in September 2014 and are currently trying to advance toward Aden.