Canadian Diplomat in Cuba Joins US Officials in Suffering From Hearing Loss

US and Cuban flags are seen on a balcony in Havana Cuba

The US embassy was closed in 1961 at the height of the Cold War when diplomatic relations broke down between Washington and Fidel Castro's young revolutionary regime.

The first inklings came late past year when several diplomats at the newly reopened USA... According to reports, a third country may have been behind the mystery attacks in Havana.

With the Canadian government acknowledging that its diplomats also suffered from similar symptoms and were treated for hearing loss, members of Congress want to know whether there is any evidence that Russia-which has complained about Canadian support for the USA embargo against Moscow-was involved.

Based on statements from officials with knowledge of the situation, an investigation into the circumstances of this odd phenomenon has been ongoing throughout 2017.

"We had to bring some Americans home or some Americans chose to come home as a result of that".

A small number of Americans began reporting symptoms at the end of 2016, and a few were either removed for medical treatment in the USA or asked to leave, State Department officials were quoted as saying by the Washington Post on Wednesday.

American media reported a USA investigation concluded the diplomats were targeted by a device emitting a sound not audible to the human ear. Around the world, different types of sonic devices are used for crowd control, to protect areas of attack and to incapacitate soldiers or workers. We asked two officials who were accredited at the Embassy of Cuba in the United States to depart the United States. The official did not know if the affected diplomatic personnel and their families suffered any permanent health problems as a result, and could not say how many individuals were affected for privacy reasons.

Cuba said it had objected to the expulsion of its officials, while also urging the United States to work together to shed light on the incidents in Havana.

"We requested their departure as a reciprocal measure since some USA personnel's assignments in Havana had to be curtailed due to these incidents", she said. She added that they are "monitoring it", and providing any necessary medical care.

According to a report by the Associated Press, US embassy personnel who arrived in Havana in the summer of 2016, as well as their families, began to experience severe symptoms of hearing loss, which led to an investigation of the Federal Bureau (FBI) and the Department of State's Diplomatic Services.

"We are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and USA diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana", Brianne Maxwell, a digital communications advisor with Global Affairs Canada, told Canadian media. The reason we had [the diplomats] leave is we said this is the agreement that the USA has with the Cuban government.

The Cuban Government said that it has never allowed the island to be used for actions against diplomats and was willing to cooperate to clarify the facts.

Cuba said on Wednesday it was investigating the incident.

Canadian foreign ministry spokeswoman Brianne Maxwell said yesterday.

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