British warned to leave the country before it is too late – .

British warned to leave the country before it is too late – .

British nationals have been warned they must leave Ethiopia immediately or risk being trapped in an increasingly dangerous country.

It seems increasingly unlikely that Ethiopia will be able to repel a rebel advance, as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) tries to take control of the country’s capital, Addis Ababa.

it comes after US nationals were ordered to leave the country earlier this month.

African Minister Vicky Ford warned that “the conflict in Ethiopia is deteriorating rapidly” and that options to leave the country could be “severely” limited if the TPLF reaches the capital.

“In the next few days, we could see the fighting draw closer to Addis Ababa, which could seriously limit the options for British nationals to leave Ethiopia,” she said.

“I urge all UK nationals – whatever their circumstances – to leave immediately, as commercial flights are readily available and Addis Ababa Bole International Airport remains open. “

She said the government is unable to guarantee the means to escape the country for those who are not leaving now.

“Interest-free loans are available to help UK nationals return to the UK who might otherwise find it difficult to afford flights.

“Those who choose not to leave now should prepare to seek refuge in a place of safety over the next few weeks. We cannot guarantee that there will be options to leave Ethiopia in the future. “

In early November, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called on citizens to take up arms to stop the advance of the rebel group and he has since called on former soldiers to join the army to keep the rebels at bay.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister warned the TPLF that he would not surrender, as he told the “let’s go to the front” group.

The Ethiopian government said on Wednesday that Ahmed had gone to the front lines to take charge of the year-long war in the country and left the day-to-day work of running the country to his deputy.

Abiy Ahmed and his supporters are determined to push back the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray. Credit: PA

Government spokesman Legesse Tulu told reporters the prime minister arrived at the front on Tuesday, but he did not give details of the location.

Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen manages day-to-day government activities, Legesse said.The war in Africa’s second most populous country has left tens of thousands of people dead.

Countries like France, Germany and Turkey have also asked their citizens to leave immediately.

But government forces are adamant that they will overcome any foreign or rebel opposition, a former general said.“We Ethiopians do not compromise,” he said.“We are going to bring their corpses out of our land, just like the Italians,” he added, referring to the country’s former colonial masters.One of the army’s new recruits, Million Abraham, said he had nothing to fear from the frontlines.“I’m not afraid to go,” he said. “Even if I die, that’s okay. It’s for my country. “


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