<pre><pre>Australia hits five Myanmar generals with sanctions | News from Myanmar

The government of Australia on Tuesday revealed sanctions against five officers in the powerful Myanmar army who are accused of monitoring the barbaric violence against Rohingya Muslims.

Following similar actions by the United States and the European Union, Australia announced that it would freeze the assets of the officers, including a lieutenant general who commanded a special operations group believed to be behind the atrocities.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the officers (Aung Kyaw Zaw, Maung Maung Soe, Aung Aung, Than Oo and Khin Maung Soe) were "responsible for the human rights violations committed by the units under their command "

All five, some of whom are believed to have resigned from their posts, will also be banned from traveling to Australia.

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have been expelled from their homes in Rakhine State, in southwest Myanmar, since 2016.

The military campaign has been marked by numerous extrajudicial killings, massive rapes and the burning of villages by the security forces.