BEIRUT: Israel switched gears in its military campaign
against Lebanon Monday and Tuesday, launching a series of
debilitating air strikes against privately owned factories
throughout the country and dealing a devastating blow to
an economy already paralyzed by a week of hits on
residential areas and crucial infrastructure.
The production facilities of at least five companies in
key industrial sectors - including the country's largest
dairy farm, Liban Lait; a paper mill; a packaging firm and
a pharmaceutical plant - have been disabled or completely
destroyed. Industry insiders say the losses will cripple
the economy for decades to come.