US pulls out staff from Embassy in Cuba after mysterious attacks
Sept 29, Havana: The US will be withdrawing over half of its staff at its embassy in Cuba in response to mysterious attacks which left its diplomats unwell.
The Trump adminstration has also warned Americans not to visit the country because some attacks occurred in hotels.At least 21 staff reported health problems ranging from mild brain trauma and deafness to dizziness and nausea.
Earlier reports suggested that sonic attacks were to blame for the sudden health issues that arose. Cuba however, denies any involvement in them. The US has now issued an order for all non-essential staff in the embassy in Havana to leave, along with all family members. Only "emergency personnel" will remain.
The decision came after an exhaustive review of US diplomats' safety in Havana and discussions with the Cuban government, which has vociferously denied any involvement in the attacks."Until the government of Cuba can ensure safety of our people, we will be reduced to emergency personnel," a US state department official said.
In a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez denied that Cuba was involved in attacks on diplomats and said the United States was politicizing the incidents. He said his government would continue to work with US authorities investigating the attacks.
The Oslo Times International News Network