State Department Issues Health Warning to Visitors to Cuba

Playing politics or practicing diplomacy?     United States Department of State

At this point, almost a year since the attacks targeting diplomats began in Havana, Cuba, U.S. investigators are no closer to determining either the source or the methods, according to officials close to the investigation underway by several agencies including the FBI and CIA.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said then that U.S. tourists should avoid the island altogether.

Cuban officials have denied any involvement in the incidents.

The US embassy in Cuba has barred Americans from staying at a pair of tourist hotels in Havana, saying that some of the mystery sonic attacks targeting US diplomats took place at the popular hotspots.

The State Department is warning USA citizens in Cuba to avoid two hotels in Havana after travelers reported similar symptoms to diplomats subjected to sonic-based attacks at the US embassy.

The U.S. decisions were based on the Cuban government's failure to do enough to protect American personnel in Cuba who have been targeted in mysterious "attacks" that have damaged their health, the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.


He said he would not lift the US trade embargo on the Caribbean island until it made "fundamental reforms".

CBS News and Reuters reported that State Department officials have confirmed that some American travelers have been affected.

So far, no probes have yielded any answers about how the alleged attacks were carried out or who was responsible. "It's really sad, because we are so close, and yet so far away from a honest rapprochement".

Trump, who in June vowed to partially roll back the detente with Cuba agreed by his Democratic predecessor Obama, called the Cuban government "corrupt and destabilising" in his address to the United Nations General Assembly last month. Cuba described his comments as "unacceptable and meddling". Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced the expulsion of Cuban diplomats as "unjustified", accused the United States of insufficient cooperation with Cuba's investigation and urged Washington to stop politicising the matter. "We have no way of verifying whether they were harmed by the same attacks targeting official USA employees".

In a message on, the embassy's top official, career diplomat Scott Hamilton, said he would also be leaving.

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