Aggression with fire arm against the Embassy of Cuba in the United States

In the early hours of Thursday, 30April 2020, an unknown individual opened fire with an assault weapon against the building of the Embassy of Cuba in the United States.  There was no personal injury to the Mission staff, which is safe and protected, but there was material damage caused to the building resulting from the impact of the bullets.

The individual, about whose identity to the Cuban government has no information, was detained on site by local authorities and is under custody.

The diplomatic mission of Cuba, located in Washington D.C., has a protection and security systems to face threats against its staff and premises.

The government of Cuba is waiting for the correspondent investigation by U.S. authorities on the identity and motives of the individual who carried out this aggression and the circumstances surrounding the event.  The U.S. Department of State is aware of what happened.

It is the obligation of States to adopt appropriate steps to protect the premises of diplomatic missions accredited to their country against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of the peace of the mission or impairment of its dignity.

Havana, April 30, 2020

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