WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on reports of a new round of mass detentions of Tigrayans in Ethiopia:

“I’m deeply concerned about reports of Ethiopian forces’ mass detention of Tigrayans. Evidence suggests the conflict is escalating on top of an ongoing humanitarian crisis and widespread famine, and all parties must move towards a nationwide ceasefire as soon as possible,” said Murphy.

Last month, Murphy released a statement on the ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in Tigray and Ethiopia’s declaration of a ceasefire there.