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'Incident' in Cuba Leaves US Diplomats with 'Severe Hearing Loss,' Concussion Symptoms

'Incident' in Cuba Leaves US Diplomats with 'Severe Hearing Loss,' Concussion Symptoms

The U.S. government expelled two Cuban diplomats in May, after Americans working at the U.S. Embassy in Havana suffered unexplained physical ailments, the State Department said Thursday. The incidents left multiple employees with "a variety of physical symptoms", she said, and as a result the State Department "had to bring some Americans home".

It was not immediately clear what had happened, with spokeswoman Heather Nauert saying there were no "definitive answers about the source or cause".

"The safety and security of American citizens at home and overseas is our top priority", Nauert said while she emphasized the Cuban government is obligated under the Geneva Convention to protect US diplomats.

"We have reminded the Cuban government on various occasions that, under the Vienna Convention, this type of treatment of diplomatic personnel is unacceptable", the State Department official said at the time.

The officials would not elaborate on what physical symptoms the officials exhibited nor specify when the Cubans departed the US, the newspaper reported. "The government is actively working - including with United States and Cuban authorities - to ascertain the cause".

The State Department revealed a fresh diplomatic dispute between the USA and Cuba Wednesday when it acknowledged that it believes American diplomats serving in Cuba were subject to an "acoustic attack" in fall 2016 using a covert sonic weapon that left the Americans with severe hearing loss. The AP also reported that investigators are trying to determine if the Cuban government used sonic devices that create non-audible noise to try to deafen the Americans.

Some of the diplomats' symptoms were so severe that they were forced to cancel their tours early and return to the United States, officials said.

Sources also tell CBS News that a Canadian embassy employee also reported headaches and hearing loss.

USA officials believe a group of American diplomats in Havana suffered severe hearing loss after being exposed to a covert sonic device.

Given Trump's aggresive posture against the Cuban regime - and thorn of his comments about Castro's crimes - the fact that a more aggessive response from the U.S.to what amounts to an attack of US diplomats in Cuba does not add up.

Nauert confirmed during Wednesday's briefing that the investigation is ongoing and authorities are still trying to determine what afflicted US Embassy staffers.

"We don't know exactly what...what this requires is providing medical examinations to these people", Nauert said.

Investigators are also considering the possibility that a third country, such as Russian Federation, was behind the incidents, officials familiar with the inquiry told AP.

Ms Nauert said the government was taking it "very seriously, and there is an investigation now under way".

The U.S. first learned of the issues at the embassy in late 2016, she said.

Relations with the country have become a significant issue in U.S. politics, he explained, thanks in part to the population of Cuban exiles in Florida, a battleground state in USA elections.

"Cuba addressed this matter with utmost seriousness and has acted with promptness and professionalim to clarify the situation", the statement read, "initiating an exhaustive, prioritized, and urgent investigation at the highest levels of the Cuban government".


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