Is Cuba safe to travel to after sonic attack?
Cuba has recently suffered from damage due to Hurricane Irma and Maria, as have many of the Caribbean islands.
However, it has now suffered from a wave of “sonic attacks” targeted at US diplomats.
At least 21 of the staff at the US embassy have reported health problems such as deafness and mild brains trauma from the attacks, forcing the US to warn citizens not to travel there due to the location also being at popular western hotels.
However, it is still safe for Britons to travel there?
Ultrasonic waves, beyond the acoustic capacity of humans, can be broadcast with an amplifier
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is yet to issue a warning or update the website regarding the sonic attacks.
The most recent problems are still regarding the damage from Hurricane Irma earlier this month, with a lot of the coastal towns affected.
The sonic weapons, whilst currently only targeting a small number of embassy staff, can injure or even kill people who are affected by it.
The FBI is currently investigating the problem, yet Denis Bedat, a specialist in bio-electromagnetics, earlier this week said: “Ultrasonic waves, beyond the acoustic capacity of humans, can be broadcast with an amplifier and the device does not need to be large, or used inside or outside the house.”
Cuba has been hit by a wave of sonic attacks affecting US citizens
However as the source cannot be located, the US has deemed it unsafe to keep their diplomats in the country, as well as warning travellers to avoid the Caribbean island until the problem has been solved.
A US state department official said: “Until the government of Cuba can ensure safety of our people, we will be reduced to emergency personnel so as to minimise the number of US government personnel at risk of exposure.
“Routine visa operations are suspended indefinitely.”
He also said that non-essential embassy staff would be withdrawn as well as all family members.
The senior State Department official added: “Because our personnel’s safety is at risk and we are unable to identify the source of the attack, we believe that U.S. citizens may also be at risk and warn them not to travel to Cuba.”
Cuba is still recovering from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma
Britons choosing to head to the largest Caribbean island can still book flights and holidays.
However, the island is still yet to recover completely from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
Whilst many locals report that the popular tourist destinations are largely recovered, some of the coastal towns are still to return back to their original state.
A new hurricane called Hurricane Nate is starting to form, which could bring heavy rain the Cuba in the next few days.