Families of Canadian Diplomats in Cuba to Return Home Permanently

They are returning over unexplained health concerns.

A general view of Embassy of the United State of America in Cuba, Havana on September 18, 2017. (Yander Zamora/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Canada’s government announced on Monday that all families of Canadian diplomats in Cuba will return home permanently due to unexplained health concerns, reports CNN. From here on out, Cuba will be designated as an “unaccompanied post,” which means that families of diplomatic staff will not be able to live with them while they are assigned to the country.

“The Government of Canada continues to investigate the potential causes of unusual health symptoms reported in 2017 by some Canadian diplomatic staff and dependents posted to Havana, Cuba,” Global Affairs Canada wrote in a statement, according to CNN. “The symptoms include dizziness, headaches and lack of ability to concentrate, amongst others.”

In 2017, the U.S. State Department evacuated non-essential personnel and families from Cuba after claims a sophisticated device that operated outside the range of audible sound had been used in an “acoustic attack” on U.S. embassy staff. Canada reported “unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana.” There is no source or cause of the ailment.

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