Ethiopia’s prime minister has thrown himself onto the front lines as violence nears the capital metropolis of Addis Ababa, the federal government introduced Wednesday.

The former soldier and Nobel peace prize laureate, Abiy Ahmed, reportedly mentioned martyrdom may be essential to squash the war that has plagued northern Ethiopia since November 2020, when Tigrayan militia attacked a federal navy base.

A woman holds up a banner of Ethiopian Prime minister Abiy Ahmed as a ceremony is held to support the Ethiopian military troops who is battling against the Tigrays People Liberation Front in Amhara Region on Nov. 7, 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

A girl holds up a banner of Ethiopian Prime minister Abiy Ahmed as a ceremony is held to assist the Ethiopian navy troops who’s battling towards the Tigrays People Liberation Front in Amhara Region on Nov. 7, 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
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THOUSANDS VICTIMIZED BY SEXUAL VIOLENCE AS WAR IN NORTHERN ETHIOPIA PERSISTS

The battle has unfold to neighboring areas and an estimated 4 million individuals have been displaced throughout northern Ethiopia. 

Thousands are believed to have been killed, although as a result of inconclusive reporting and blackout communication in sure areas, the precise demise toll stays unclear. 

The U.S. embassy in Ethiopia on Tuesday made one other plea with all American residents residing within the war-torn nation to depart whereas they nonetheless can on business airways.

“The security situation in Ethiopia continues to deteriorate. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S citizens in Ethiopia to depart now using commercially available options,” the embassy mentioned.

“Although the Embassy continues to process emergency passports and repatriation loans, and to provide other emergency services, the Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Ethiopia with departure if commercial options become unavailable,” the assertion added.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, refugees who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region ride a bus going to the Village 8 temporary shelter, near the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan. Life for civilians in Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region has become "extremely alarming" as hunger grows and fighting remains an obstacle to reaching millions of people with aid, the United Nations said in a new report released late Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 file photograph, refugees who fled the battle in Ethiopia’s Tigray area journey a bus going to the Village 8 short-term shelter, close to the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, japanese Sudan. Life for civilians in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray area has change into “extremely alarming” as starvation grows and combating stays an impediment to reaching tens of millions of individuals with help, the United Nations mentioned in a brand new report launched late Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

US WARNS PILOTS IN AFRICA OF WEAPON FIRE DUE TO ETHIOPIA’S WAR

The embassy confirmed that a number of airways are nonetheless working out of Bole International Airport, and mentioned the U.S. authorities can help Americans with reserving flights by offering loans to cowl ticket prices. 

“If you are a U.S. citizen and delaying your departure because your non-U.S. citizen spouse or minor children do not have immigrant visas or U.S. passports, please contact us immediately,” the embassy urged. 

The warning comes only one week after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned pilots nonetheless working out of Bole International Airport – one of many largest airports in Africa – that they could possibly be within the line of fireplace as violence has moved nearer to Addis Ababa.

This image made from undated video released by the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 shows Ethiopian military in an armored personnel carrier, on a road in an area near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed said in a social media post on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 that "the final and crucial" military operation will launch in the coming days against the government of the country's rebellious northern Tigray region. (Ethiopian News Agency via AP)

This picture constituted of undated video launched by the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 reveals Ethiopian navy in an armored personnel service, on a highway in an space close to the border of the Tigray and Amhara areas of Ethiopia. Ethiopia’s prime minister Abiy Ahmed mentioned in a social media submit on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 that “the final and crucial” navy operation will launch within the coming days towards the federal government of the nation’s rebellious northern Tigray area. (Ethiopian News Agency through AP)
(Ethiopian News Agency through AP)

 

The company suggested piolets they could possibly be “directly or indirectly exposed to ground weapons fire and/or surface-to-air fire” in the event that they proceed their flights from the Ethiopian capital. 

The Ethiopian authorities has declined to say the place alongside the front lines the prime minister at present is.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.