Hezbollah cries for donations, considers sanctions ‘war’

The Iranian-backed Lebanon’s Hezbollah has called on its supporters to donate money as it suffers increasing pressure from Western sanctions intended to isolate it financially.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a Friday statement that Hezbollah supporters must remain steadfast in the face of these pressures and said the group’s enemies would be “disappointed.”

“I announce today that the resistance is in need of its (popular base),” Nasrallah added. “The sanctions and the terror lists are a form of war … we should deal with them as if they are a war.”

On Friday, Hezbollah condemned the UK government for listing it as a terrorist organization, saying the move showed “servile obedience” to the United States.

“Their actions will not be able to make us poor, hungry or isolated. Those that support us will continue in their support — be they countries, people or our people and the people of resistance in Lebanon,” Nasrallah said.

Hezbollah was founded in 1982 by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, its actions seek to destabilize and spread chaos across the Arab region.

The group controls three of 30 ministries in the Lebanese government led by Western-backed Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri.

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