Western countries like Australia, Britain, Germany, Netherlands etcetera have asked its people to vacate Benghazi immediately because of an imminent threat to their lives and property as reported in theaustralian.com.au of 25th of January 2013.
This has come in the wake of the disclosures made by US Secretary of Stateon the attack on 11th of September-2012 on the US Consulate in Benghazi and the deaths of Christopher Stevens, the Ambassador and three staff of the embassy in the attack.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia has issued advisory for Libya indicating that it continues to remain at the 'do not travel' level because of possibilities of terrorist attacks and kidnapping in view of the unpredictable nature of its security situation.
The advisory also adds that those who prefer to remain back should ensure that they have adequate security measures in place.
Similar advisories have been issued by Germany and Britain who have asked their people to leave immediately while the Dutch have said that staying in the area was not advisable.
Incidentally, Benghazi is a city in Libya where businesses flourish and in which many foreigners are employed – militants with al-Qaeda links operate in the area, hence the caution and advisories.
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