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Hezbollah leader calls on supporters to donate to the group

March 8, 2019
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Supporters of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group listen to a speech of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, via a video link, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 8, 2019. Nasrallah called on his supporters to donate funds to the group as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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Supporters of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group listen to a speech of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, via a video link, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, March 8, 2019. Nasrallah called on his supporters to donate funds to the group as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries.

The rare call came during a televised speech Friday by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, a few days after Britain joined the United States in banning the group as a terrorist organization. The U.S. has increased its pressure on the group recently, placing several sets of sanctions on Hezbollah and its regional backer, Iran.

“The resistance needs your support ... because we are in the heart of the struggle,” Nasrallah said. He added that the group will face sanctions with “patience and steadfastness.”

“We can survive this war,” he said.

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