Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed has got to the battle front as civil war draws closer to Addis Ababa.
On Monday, the Nobel Peace Prize winning prime minister vowed to lead troops battling Tigrayan rebels from.
Abiy Ahmed issued a battle call on Monday night as Tigray fighters appeared to close in on the capital.
“Starting tomorrow, I will mobilise to the front to lead the defence forces,” Abiy said in a statement posted on Twitter late on Monday.
“Those who want to be among the Ethiopian children who will be hailed by history, rise up for your country today. Let’s meet at the battlefront.”
Tens of thousands of people are estimated to have been killed and hundreds of thousands pushed into famine conditions since November last year when the prime minister ordered a military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which dominated the central government for decades before Abiy took office in 2018.