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Most factories have no protection for the hazardous materials they store on their sites and are unprepared for a missile attack, according to a report by the committee appointed by the Manufacturers Association to review the lessons learned from last summer's Second Lebanon War.

According to the investigation, although half the factories which store hazardous materials are in central Israel, the vast majority are completely unprotected and are unprepared for any future attack.

Many factories are still unprepared for a state of emergency that would continue for more than a month.

The report adds that "a large quantity of hazardous materials located in the Haifa Bay area constitutes a threat to the quality of life of residents in the area."