The Department for Overseas Labor Management said on its website Thursday that 10 Vietnamese companies have been ordered to stop sending workers to Libya and to coordinate with employers in the North African nation to ensure the safety of workers already there.

It says an estimated 10,000 Vietnamese, mostly construction workers, are employed in Libya, with about 8,000 in the capital, Tripoli, and 2,000 in Benghazi. It says no evacuations are currently planned.

It urged Vietnamese workers in Libya to stay away from demonstration sites.

The Associated Press - February 25, 2011