Berlin police probe Havana syndrome at US embassy

Havana syndrome Berlin police probe cases at US embassy
Several people at the embassy have reported symptoms. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Berlin police say they are investigating after the US embassy staff reported experiencing symptoms of the so-called Havana syndrome.

Police said that the investigation into an “alleged sonic weapon attack on employees of the US Embassy” began in August.

More than 200 officials at the US embassy in Berlin have reported suffering from the illness since 2016.

President Biden on Friday said to find out “the cause and who is responsible” for the syndrome.

Those affected say they experienced of hearing strange buzzing sounds coming from a particular direction and sudden onset of pressure sensations inside their heads. Others have complained of nausea, fatigue and dizziness, among other symptoms.

Der Spiegel reported that several officials in the US embassy in Germany had reported symptoms of Havana syndrome.

A spokesperson for the Berlin embassy declined to comment on the police inquiries, but told Reuters that a US investigation was ongoing into cases worldwide.

President Joe Biden’s statement came as he signed a bill pledging increased financial support and better healthcare for victims.

But Mr Biden characterised the condition as “anomalous health incidents” rather than saying it was the result of attacks.

He said civil servants, military personnel, intelligence officers and diplomats all over the world had been affected.

The mysterious illness first emerged at Canadian and the US embassies in Havana in 2016. There have been a number of similar reports since then.

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