A new report of two Americans “injured” by “sonic attacks” at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba has grown the number of total injuries reported to 21, and State Department officials believe the number could still climb.
The injuries were newly reported, but appear to have been caused by previous attacks of unknown origin directed at American diplomatic staff. The Cuban government insists it had nothing to do with them, and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says no new “incidents” have occurred at the embassy.
The attacks, which are unprecedented, are still baffling U.S. investigators. According to the American Foreign Service Association, the injuries have included mild traumatic brain injury, permanent hearing loss, brain swelling, severe headaches, loss of balance and “cognitive disruption.”
No device responsible for the attacks has ever been found, and the U.S. has gone to great lengths to avoid accusing the Cuban government of involvement. The U.S. did, however, expel two Cuban diplomats in protest over their government’s failure to adequately protect the Americans on their soil as required by international law.