U.S. Department of State Issues New Travel Warning Following Recent Attacks

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September 29, 2017Sep 29, 2017

The U.S. Department of State reportedly issued a new travel warning for American citizens. On Friday, September 29th, U.S. officials made the announcement in a news release.

Authorities are warning people against traveling to Cuba, a tropical Caribbean Island. This travel warning comes after recent attacks that have posed a great threat to U.S. diplomats, specifically staff members of the U.S. Embassy Havana.

The statement reads, “The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens not to travel to Cuba. Over the past several months, U.S. Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks. These employees have suffered significant injuries as a consequence of these attacks.”

According to CBS News, diplomats have complained about a number of different symptoms such as severe headaches, dizziness, loss of hearing, and balance issues. U.S. officials stated other symptoms related to the attacks include fatigue, cognitive-related problems, and trouble sleeping.

The U.S. government has reason to believe that Americans citizens may also be at risk since attacks have previously occurred in hotels and residences; therefore, visa processing in Cuba has been halted until further notice. Additionally, the U.S. Embassy and surrounding areas suffered flood damage from Hurricane Irma.

In an effort to take extra precautions, nearly 60% of U.S. staff located in Cuba is being removed, according to ABC News. Because of this, the government warns that if you do choose to travel to Cuba despite this serious warning, there will be limited assistance available if help is needed. 

Most importantly, travelers to Cuba should keep friends and family in the United States informed of their whereabouts consistently. By doing so, loved ones can more easily determine if something went wrong.

Unfortunately, the attackers have not yet been identified as of late September 2017. It is unclear to the public the exact reasoning behind these attacks, but U.S. officials are ultimately hoping to prevent additional injuries. The New York Times confirmed that at least 21 people have been injured as a result of these "mysterious" attacks. 

Read the full statement from the U.S. Department of State below. Please share this important information with friends and family who may be at risk. Thank you!

https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/913799208955727873

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