“The Hezbollah model” and how the Hezbollah influenced the Houthis

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May 8, 2021 

In a recent seminar with Republic Underground, Lebanese rights activist Charbel Hage broke down the Hezbollah Model of criminal enterprise. He noted that Hezbollah’s takeover of the Lebanese government contributed by proxy to the power arm of the Houthi rebellion in Yemen. 

He listed that there are specific departments such as agriculture and electricity that are targeted to weaken and destabilize society. 

Hage also noted that Iran, which uses Hezbollah as its proxy, needs dollar amounts in its foreign reserves, and a highly efficient way to secure this is through the drug business. Iran empowers militias to control foreign reserves in their countries. He used the example of Hezbollah and their ecosystem and how they are attempting at all costs to take over the central bank. 


Hage noted that, at this point, Hezbollah does not have access to Lebanon’s banking system but instead uses its banking system that is a complex form of money laundering cycle of loan grants. 

The loans are funded by drug trafficking in Israel and Africa. There is no license for this banking system to operate, so it falls under no central bank supervision. Hezbollah created its economy within Lebanon that is not regulated by any banking controls and is laundered back to Iran. 

“If they succeed in taking over the central bank, that’s 30 billion dollars in cash that will go to Iran,” said Hage. 


Hezbollah, Hage noted, engage in specific target campaigns, taking over departments of government via pressure campaigns on the existing officials. The officials attempt to pacify the militias in exchange for lives. Hezbollah took over the Lebanese existing government in this way.

Hage called the Houthis model a “replica” of the Hezbollah model. Houthi uses similar campaigns that were highly efficient to Hezbollah’s motives. 

They control the flow of information by attacking journalists, capturing and torturing them in systematic abductions. 

The government approach to these organizations by giving them a place in the government is flawed because the organizations use their role in government to loot the state. Hage noted that this was done to use departments taken over to important materials that they should not be accessing. They then will funnel these imports to Iran or stockpile them for their purposes. 

Western attempts to mediate and influence a ceasefire between the Houthis and the existing government in Yemen have proved futile. Scholar Nadwa Al-Dawsari gave insights in a recent article that describes the ideology fueling the Houthi campaign. Houthis political ambitions are spurred by Ahl al-Bayt, a doctrinal term that believes only descendants of the Prophet Muhammed’s direct bloodline should have dominion over Muslims. Houthis belong to the caste of these believed Ahl al-Bayt who are also known as Hashemites or Sadah (sing. Sayyid). The movement is officially known by the name Ansar Allah but takes the name “al Houthis” from the family that launched the campaign. 

The founder Hussein al-Houthi founded a system that is a political-religious philosophy, states Al-Dawsari. The rebellion is steeped in deep religious devotion to this idea and began to use the militia model against Yemen in the 1980s when their cooperation with Iran began. Negotiations for diplomacy and democracy with the Houthis stall because Houthis do not recognize any government that does not fall under the mandate of their philosophy. 

A comprehensive report of Iran’s foothold in Yemen was obtained by Al-Masdar news. A collection of documents includes militia correspondence, letters, reports, photos, maps, and documents. Documents were dated back to the 1980s. 

The documents obtained included those that were filed under “Top Secret” and described the covert collaboration of Iran with the Houthis. The documents likewise predate the Saudi intervention in what is known as the last Saada War of the 2008-9 era. 

The report that Al-Masdar obtained explains the Houthis family’s involvement with Yemeni Hezbollah. The Yemeni Hezbollah were responsible for the Haddah cinema complex bombing of 1982. The Yemeni Hezbollah went on to pass through the support of “youth union groups” until 1986 and were absorbed in full reliance on the Houthis according to the report. 

The report also noted that Badr al-Din al-Houthi traveled with his sons Yahya, Muhammad, Hussein, and Abdul-Malik to Iran for an entire year. During that time, they pledged full support to Khamenei and their commitment to him, with Houthis then making decisions through a limited framework. The full text of the document along with Al Masdar’s commentary has been translated into English and appears as follows: 

A pledge signed by Abd al-Karim Amir al-Din al-Houthi and Abd al-Malik Badr al-Din al-Houthi on February 26, 2006 CE, to adhere to the constitution of the Republic of Yemen and the laws in force and loyalty to the republican system and constitutional legitimacy “led by President Ali Abdullah Saleh,” who was killed at their hands on December 4, 2017 AD, at which time Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi described Saleh’s death marked an “exceptional and great day.”

Our previous expert panel breaks down Iran’s involvement in the Marib disaster. 


Al-Houthi and his uncle demanded the application of a general amnesty on them and all those who participated in the events of Saada and the consequences thereof, and to facilitate the means for them “so that our citizens live for us the rights and duties of all citizens.”

The text of the document …

The Most Merciful, In the Name of God the Most Gracious

We, the undersigned, declare our assertion of adhering to the constitution of the Republic of Yemen and the laws in force and our loyalty to the republican system and the constitutional legitimacy led by Brother / Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of the Republic.

We call on the competent authorities to implement the directives of the brother / the president, may God protect him, to apply a general amnesty to all those who participated in the events of Saada and the consequences thereof, and to facilitate the means for all of us to live as citizens. We have the rights and duties of all citizens.

And God, according to what we say, is a martyr… He is counted as we are, and yes, the agent

February 26, 2006

Abdul Karim Al-Houthi

Abdul Malik Al-Houthi

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