In an interview that has caught the attention of UFO enthusiasts worldwide, the former prime minister of Cuba described seeing a “round and enormous” light from an extra terrestrial spaceship.
The astounding claims, made by one of the 20th century’s most prominent figures, have been heralded by the UFO community as proof that extra terrestrials exist.
Fidel Castro said: “There we were, in the middle of the night with out rifles on our knees. Then we suddenly saw a light darting among the stars.
“The light approached the group of commanders and poured over us like a bucket.
He told researcher Jose Luis Gil: “It was round and enormous. The countryside and the mountains became illuminated as though it was daylight.”
Castro’s sighting occurred in 1958 or 1959, according to the revolutionary’s account.
The interview was published in a book titled For Your Eyes Only by UFO researcher and journalist Juan Jose Benitez – who has been tracking UFO sightings since 1972.
Benitez has published the book, which contains interviews with 300 people who have spotted UFOs, to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Enthusiasts believe that Castro’s sighting matches that of the bright glowing object witnesses saw hovering above the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in 2011.
Footage of the throbbing circular ball of light slowly descending over Islamic holy building, the Dome of the Rock, attracted hundreds of thousands of views.
According to videos on YouTube, the shape-shifting UFO was seen again in China and Siberia earlier this year.