Spanish women's fashion chain Mango confirmed Monday that it will close stores in Lebanon following Israel's bombing of the country.

The company will shut four shops in Beirut and one in Tripoli "until the conflict is resolved", a spokeswoman told just-style.

She would not say how much the closures will cost Mango, which operates all its Lebanese stores through franchises.

No stores have so far been damaged by the conflict, she added.

Mango's action comes shortly after it signed a deal with Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad to launch a special Middle East collection, which the retailer hoped to unveil on 31 August but is now likely to postpone, sources close to the company said.

Mango intends to open 20 stores in the Middle East this year, boosting its count to nearly 70.

Prior to the bombing, which has lasted six days, Mango had no plans to open stores in Beirut, the spokeswoman said.

By Ivan Castano.