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Houthis request public donations for war effort.

SANA'A, March 24--The Houthi Revolutionary Committee announced Monday it was taking donations via an account opened with the Credit Cooperative & Agricultural Bank (CAC) in Yemen.

The call for donations comes as part of the group's general mobilization for war, announced earlier on Saturday.

Revolutionary Committee member Muhammad Al-Maqaleh said it is "a duty of all Yemenis inside and outside the country to stand by the Revolutionary Committee and the army in their struggle against Al-Qaeda and other enemies."

Mohammad Al-Bukhaiti, a member of the Houthi Political Office in Sana'a, said citizens should be expected to contribute "either in money or manpower" whenever the state is faced with internal and external threats.

He said the account is open to donations from individual Yemeni citizens, but that "donations from other governments are a private matter and have nothing to do with the CAC bank account."

Al-Bukhaiti added that personal donations are but one means to raising funds, and that state revenues from taxation, natural resources and the public treasury will all be pooled in the effort. "The Revolutionary Committee has the right to use any of these funds in support of the general mobilization," he said.

Mubarak Al-Obadi, a member of the Islah Party's Media Department, said the opening of the account indicates that Houthis are expecting a protracted war.

"It will be a disaster," he said. "Citizens won't be able to contribute under our current economic difficulties, so the Houthis will have to support their mobilization campaign through a public treasury that is already half-empty."

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Publication:Yemen Times (Sana'a, Yemen)
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Date:Mar 25, 2015
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