The United States is preparing a major withdrawal of staff and family members from the US Embassy in Cuba over mysterious health attacks that have sickened its staff in Havana.

US diplomats have complained about symptoms ranging from hearing loss and nausea to headaches and balance issues. Cuba has told us it will continue to investigate these attacks and we will cooperate with Washington in these efforts. Despite the presence of several theories, including a sonic attack, experts have been unable to explain the matter.

The attacks of an unknown nature have targeted at least 21 US embassy staff in Havana over the past few months. Those affected have exhibited physical symptoms including dizziness, headache, fatigue, hearing loss, difficulty sleeping and cognitive issues.

Washington’s withdrawal of its embassy staff is a new blow to fragile relations between the former Cold War foes. Cuba slammed the US decision as “hasty” and warned the move would affect ties. The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 and placed an official embargo against the country in 1962.

Washington Post / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News 2017.

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