Cuba Hits Out at Cruel Long US Embargo

Published April 15th, 2020 - 06:31 GMT

Cuba hit out at the United States over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.

The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 564 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths.

The United States' economic-financial blockade is the most unfair, severe, prolonged system of sanctions of all time by one country against another.

The health system is the most affected because it affects the wellbeing of people.

The sanctions imposed by Washington have since 1992 permitted medicines to reach Cuba, as long as they're exclusively for the use of the people.

Donald Trump has ramped up the embargo since assuming the US presidency, making it harder for other countries to send supplies there.

Cuba complained recently that a shipment of test kits, masks and respirators donated by the Chinese Alibaba group didn't arrive because the American company tasked with transportation feared to breach US sanction rules.

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A man wears a face mask stands on his balcony in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths.

A man wears a face mask stands on his balcony in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths.

Commuters wear face masks aboard a bus in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

Commuters wear face masks aboard a bus in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A woman wearing a face mask holds a US flag as she walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A woman wearing a face mask holds a US flag as she walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A woman wearing tights depicting the US flag and a face mask, walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A woman wearing tights depicting the US flag and a face mask, walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A youngster wearing a shirt with the US flag and a face mask, rides a bicycle in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A youngster wearing a shirt with the US flag and a face mask, rides a bicycle in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A fruits and vegetables seller wears a face mask in Havana, on April 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

A fruits and vegetables seller wears a face mask in Havana, on April 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

Women wearing face maskS and gloves walk along a street of Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

Women wearing face maskS and gloves walk along a street of Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP

People get to the street to buy food in Havana, on April 12, 2020 amid the spread of the COVID-19 disease. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP

People get to the street to buy food in Havana, on April 12, 2020 amid the spread of the COVID-19 disease. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP

A man wears a face mask stands on his balcony in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths.
Commuters wear face masks aboard a bus in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A woman wearing a face mask holds a US flag as she walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A woman wearing tights depicting the US flag and a face mask, walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A youngster wearing a shirt with the US flag and a face mask, rides a bicycle in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A fruits and vegetables seller wears a face mask in Havana, on April 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
Women wearing face maskS and gloves walk along a street of Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
People get to the street to buy food in Havana, on April 12, 2020 amid the spread of the COVID-19 disease. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP
A man wears a face mask stands on his balcony in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths.
A man wears a face mask stands on his balcony in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths.
Commuters wear face masks aboard a bus in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
Commuters wear face masks aboard a bus in Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A woman wearing a face mask holds a US flag as she walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A woman wearing a face mask holds a US flag as she walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A woman wearing tights depicting the US flag and a face mask, walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A woman wearing tights depicting the US flag and a face mask, walks along a street in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A youngster wearing a shirt with the US flag and a face mask, rides a bicycle in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A youngster wearing a shirt with the US flag and a face mask, rides a bicycle in Havana, on April 13, 2020. While Cuba tries to stop the spread of the coronavirus on the island, with 726 cases, voices can be heard to demand the lifting of the US embargo to facilitate the arrival of medical products. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A fruits and vegetables seller wears a face mask in Havana, on April 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
A fruits and vegetables seller wears a face mask in Havana, on April 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
Women wearing face maskS and gloves walk along a street of Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
Women wearing face maskS and gloves walk along a street of Havana, on April 11, 2020. Cuba hit out at the United States on Friday over its nearly 60-year-old embargo against the island nation, which Havana described as "even more cruel" given the suffering caused by the new coronavirus pandemic. The communist-run single-party island is finding it tough to source medical supplies and has already recorded 620 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths. YAMIL LAGE / AFP
People get to the street to buy food in Havana, on April 12, 2020 amid the spread of the COVID-19 disease. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP
People get to the street to buy food in Havana, on April 12, 2020 amid the spread of the COVID-19 disease. ADALBERTO ROQUE / AFP