Yemen’s Houthis use radio platform to solicit donations for Hezbollah

A Yemeni man listens to the radio as he sells the national flag in Sanaa on 19 September 1999. (File photo: AFP)

A Yemeni radio station supporting the Houthi militias has launched a fundraising drive for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, using the platform to solicit donations from listeners.

The radio station, Sam FM 99.1, said the donations from supporters are being accepted through the radio station’s “official account in all Yemeni post offices.”

Iran-backed Hezbollah is facing financial challenges after President Trump introduced new restrictions on trade with Iran last year.

Hezbollah openly supports the Houthi militias and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has even gone to the extent of saying: “I am ashamed to not be among you.”

The Sam FM radio campaign said: “Support the masters of the mujahedeen in this world, the purest people, Hezbollah.”

Hamoud Mohammad Sharaf, a broadcaster at Sam FM, said these donations would work toward “strengthening the Axis of Resistance,” referring to both Hezbollah and Hamas, two Iran-backed alliances.

Addressing a press conference in Riyadh recently, Arab Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki, said that the Houthis have seized the missile capabilities of the Yemeni army and that Hezbollah has supplied the Houthis with Fateh missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:52 - GMT 06:52