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Myanmar's army chief has been banned from the United States that's part of new sanctions announced by the state department on Tuesday its toughest response yet on the rowing a massacre along with commander in chief men on lying several other military leaders have been barred from entering the US the state department says all of them were responsible in the killings over him the most lives more than seven hundred and thirty thousand working %HESITATION were driven out of Myanmar during a brutal military crackdown in twenty seventeen U. N. investigators say the crackdown included mass killings gang rape and widespread arson committed with genocidal intent U. S. secretary of state Mike Pompeii %HESITATION issued a statement on Tuesday sanctions saying we designated these individuals based on credible information of these commanders involvement in gross violations of human rights the military in Myanmar where Buddhism is the main religion has denied accusations of ethnic cleansing and says its actions were part of the fight against terrorism the state department has so far stopped short of calling the abuses genocide but a declaration of genocide by the US government could require Washington to post even stronger sanctions on Myanmar , are you an investigator this month said Myanmar security forces and insurgents we're committing human rights violations against civilians which could amount to fresh war crimes