They have exhibited a wide range of physical symptoms, including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping. The attacks which began in mid-2016, with the most recent in August this year, occurred in the diplomats’ residences and in local hotels they frequent. Main U.S. diplomatic and consular duties, including providing emergency assistance to American travelers in Cuba, will stay at the embassy in Havana.The State Department issued at the same time an advisory for Americans not to visit Cuba, although no tourists or other travelers have been affected by the still-unexplained attacks which apparently where a mystery even for Cuban authorities.
American Embassy in Havana
There is another consequence: the embassy will suspend processing U.S. visa applications.Cubans seeking visas to enter the U.S. may be able to apply through embassies in nearby countries. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he had decided to trim staff to ensure the health and safety of embassy personnel, not to punish Cuba. “Until the Government of Cuba can ensure the safety of our diplomats in Cuba, our Embassy will be reduced to emergency personnel in order to minimize the number of diplomats at risk of exposure to harm,” he said. Tillerson issued the statement in Beijing, where he is meeting Chinese officials, saying he made the decision on the flight from Washington.Cuba has allowed FBI agents in to help investigate the rash of health problems.Trump admininistrations not excludes that another country or group is responsible. FBI agents and other agencies have found devices in or near the homes and hotels that were affected.