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At least 16 Americans affected by health attacks in Cuba

At least 16 Americans affected by health attacks in Cuba At least 16 Americans affected by health attacks in Cuba
Christy Curtis | 25 August, 2017, 01:03

Some officials believe the diplomats were injured by sonic waves from listening devices hidden in their homes or workplaces in Havana, but that has not been confirmed. "They have been provided medical treatment in the United States, as well as in Cuba".

Officials are investigating whether they were targeted at their Cuban government-provided homes and whether USA adversaries, including Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela or Iran could have been involved, CBS News reported.

US diplomats at the embassy began reporting unexplained hearing loss last fall, prompting the U.S.to launch an investigation into the matter. While the USA hasn't directly accused Cuba of involvement, it has both publicly and privately reminded the country of its obligation to protect diplomatic employees within its borders. The U.S. concluded that the diplomats were the victims of a "sonic attack" from a device that emitted frequencies outside the range of audible sound as either a surveillance mission or something else.

Some US and Canadian diplomats working in Havana have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury with likely damage to the central nervous system after suspected attacks directed at their homes by a sonic weapon. The source also added that there are continued reports of more attacks affecting USA embassy workers in Cuba.

In this photo taken August 14, 2015, a USA flag flies at the US embassy in Havana, Cuba.

For months the United States and Cuba secretly discussed the attacks.

Canada's government has said at least one Canadian diplomat in Cuba also had been treated for hearing loss.

Although the State Department says it hasn't identified a definitive source of the attacks, it has reminded Cuban authorities of their global obligations to protect diplomats.

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The State Department insisted it would hold the Cuban government accountable for the alleged attacks.

The U.S. and Cuba kept the information secret at first, but earlier this month Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed the issue.

Nauert said officials had not all experienced the same symptoms and while some had been asked by the department to leave Cuba because "their condition necessitated that", others had chosen to stay.

However, Nauert did not provide any details, citing an active and ongoing investigation to "determine the actual cause of their situation".

"We have not seen this type of activity take place before", Nauert said. "Let me just reassure you that this is a matter that we take very seriously".

The US expelled two Cuban diplomats from Washington in retaliation.

Trump then imposed several restrictions on travel to Cuba, but left the newly-established embassies in Washington and Havana open "in the hope that our countries can forge a much stronger and better path", he said in June, adding that he will "expose the crimes of the Castro regime".

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