U.S. expels Cuban diplomats after American personnel in Cuba report 'physical symptoms'

A guard stands at the entrance of the newly opened Cuban embassy in Washington D.C. in 2015

A new report suggests the Cuban government has been targeting USA diplomatic staff in such a way as to cause permanent physical injuries, prompting the Trump administration to expel two diplomats from Washington, D.C., in retaliation.

"We don't have any definitive answers about the source or the cause of what we consider to be incidents", Ms Nauert said.

The Cuban government has assured the USA that it is investigating and will take appropriate measures, officials said. "Initially, when they'd started reporting what I will just call symptoms, it took time to figure out what it was, and this is still ongoing". "It's caused a variety of physical symptoms in these Americans who work for the U.S. government".

Yesterday, Heather Nauert, speaking for the U.S. State Department, told reporters that the exact cause of the incidents was unclear.

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U.S. investigators have concluded that the country's diplomats were being hit with an advanced device that can send out sound that is inaudible but can cause huge damage to the ears of a person around them, which appears to have been left either inside or near the diplomats' houses.

According to the news agency, a number of U.S. diplomats at the embassy in Havana began to experience hearing loss in the fall of 2016.

Towards the end of previous year, U.S. diplomats began to suffer mysterious hearing loss, according to investigators.

In 2015, USA and Cuban relations took a major turn, as America reopened the doors to its embassy in Havana.

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Two Cuban officials in Washington were asked to leave the U.S.in May as a result of the incidents.

Later Wednesday, the Cuban government confirmed the report. Officials cautioned the AP that Cuba may have been unaware the attacks were happening, and that a third country like Russian Federation may have been responsible.

An exterior view of the U.S. Embassy is seen in Havana, Cuba, June 19, 2017. She added a reminder that "the Cuban government has a responsibility and obligation to protect our diplomats". "We're taking this incident very seriously, and it's under investigation right now". It appeared that she was saying that because some of our diplomats came home, some Cuban diplomats had to leave as a matter of reciprocity.

The Cuban Foreign Relations Ministry (MINREX) responded to the incident in a statement published in Granma, the official newspaper of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC). Some had to go to the U.S. for treatment and one is thought to have become permanently deaf.

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The incident threatens to set back relations between the two countries, which President Barack Obama took major strides to fix in 2015.

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