Rebels in Yemen have forcefully taken control of a major port, as Shia rebels continue their uprising against the government forces.
Shia rebels, also known as the Houthis, have taken control of the important strategic port of Mukalla on the Red Sea, to the south of the capital Sana’a. This most recent acquisition of land is another step towards the Houthi goal of creating a separate, small state within Yemen, taking advantage of the weakness of the central government and the disarray in the army and security forces.
The Houthi rebels continue to gain strength, and have significant followings in various neighbourhoods in the capital Sana’a. Apart from Sana’a, they also have taken control of the provinces of Saada and Omran to the north.