Source of the 'image, Image caption, Haile Gebrselassie is considered a legend in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Olympic heroes Haile Gebrselassie and Feyisa Lilesa say they are ready to go to the front lines in the war againstre the rebel forces.
Their announcement comes after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he would go to the front to announce the war.
The Tigrayan rebels say they are advancing towards the capital Addis Ababa.
Germany and France have become the last countries to advise their citizens to leave Ethiopia, amid an escalating civil war.
On Tuesday, US envoy to the region Jeffrey Feltman warned that tentative diplomatic progress towards ending the conflict was being compromised by alarming developments on the ground.
Gebrselassie, 48, was quoted by state television as saying that Mr. Abi 's decision to go into battle was "expected of a leader who loves his country ".
"I am ready to do whatever is required of me, including going to the front," he said.
Gebrselassie is considered a legend in Ethiopia, and his comments were seen as an attemptto rally public support for the war effort.
In his 25-year athletic career, he has won two Olympic gold medals, eight world championship victories and set 27 world records.
He announced his retirement from competitive racing in 2015.
Expressing her support for the war, Feyisa, 31, was quoted by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation website as saying Mr. Abiy had made the "right decision " in saying he would go to the front to confront the rebel s.
He added that he too was ready to take inspiration from the "gallantry of my ancestors " and go to the front lines to "save my country ".
The athlete won silver in the marathon at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
He became famous for havingbrandished his crossed wrists as if in shackles to draw worldwide attention to the crackdown on protesters demanding political reforms in Ethiopia.
Image source, AFP Image caption, Feyisa Lilesa demonstrated at Rio 2016 as he won silver in the marathon
The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) was the dominant party in government at the time. He was ousted from power in 2018 following protests against his 27 years at the helm and Mr Abiy became prime minister.
The TPLF then withdrew to its stronghold of Tigray, from where it launched a rebellion last November after huge feuds with Mr. Abiy over his reforms.
The war has created a massive humanitarian crisis, killing thousands, forcing millions from their homes, and several hundred thousand in near starvation conditions as aid agencies fight to get food in areas affected by haemrre.
The African Union is leading efforts to find a negotiated end to the fighting, but neither side has engaged in talks.
On Tuesday, the German Foreign Ministry said its nationals should leave on the first available commercial flights, while France urged its citizens to leave the country "without delay ".
Pending a document UN Internal Security Council stated that "eligible family members of internationally recruited personnel " should be evacuated by November 25.
Previously, the United States The United Kingdom and the United Kingdom announced they were withdrawing non-essential diplomatic personnel and told other citizens to leave.
In a social media post Monday night, Abiy Ahmed, who has won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, said he would go to the front lines to lead the defense forces.
"Those who want to be partEthiopian children, who will be hailed by history, stand up for your country today. Let's meet at the front, "he said.
The TPLF are advancing towards Addis Ababa on the A2 highway.
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