The U.S. warned travelers against staying at a pair of Havana hotels linked to the mysterious attacks on at least 22 U.S. diplomats and family members.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), which acts as a security liaison between the State Department and the U.S. private sector, announced Friday the U.S. has imposed limits on staying at the Hotel Nacional and Hotel Capri. OSAC said the attacks happened at the two hotels, as well as at the homes of diplomats. The victims have suffered symptoms including hearing loss, headaches, fatigue, cognitive issues and difficulty sleeping.
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The State Department updated a travel warning for Cuba on Sept. 29 in response to the attacks, but it did not identify the two hotels and said U.S. visitors have not been harmed.
“Because our personnel’s safety is at risk, and we are unable to identify the source of the attacks, we believe U.S. citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba,” the warning says. “Attacks have occurred in U.S. diplomatic residences and hotels frequented by U.S. citizens.”
The mysterious attacks also motivated the State Department to announce the withdrawal of all non-emergency staff from the Havana embassy and stop processing visas in Cuba indefinitely. The U.S. ordered Cuba to withdraw 15 officials from its recently reopened embassy in Washington to “ensure equity.”
Cuba has repeatedly denied involvement in alleged sonic weapon attacks targeting diplomats. Cuban Foreign Minister Rodriguez said Tuesday that the U.S. has not cooperated in the investigation and he pushed back against suggestions that Cuba allowed a third-party nation to commit the attacks.