Firefighters work to extinguish a massive fire at an unlicensed plastics factory in Metn. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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factories operating in LebanonUnlicensed factories continue to operate in Lebanon with complete impunity despite relentless efforts by the Ministry of Industry to end this phenomenon. It added that the factory, which employed dozens of people, operated without the knowledge of the Industry Ministry.A leading industrialist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Daily Star that unlicensed factories have been operating in almost every region of Lebanon for many years.He added that there are at least 4,000 factories that employ 10 people or more and that operate without any licenses.The industrialist estimated that there were close to 1,200 registered factories in Lebanon in 2009 .
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