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IDF’s new siren system pinpoints specific areas under rocket attack

The Home Front Command of the IDF has developed a siren system that can alert people in very specific areas of the need to take shelter from incoming rockets.

This system will result in less disruption for those parts of the population that are not being targeted at that moment. The new technology will also issue safety instructions in several languages including Hebrew, Russian and Amharic.

In recent years and at various times in the ongoing conflict, Hamas in Gaza has fired thousands of rockets into southern and central Israel. Hezbollah in Lebanon has fired rockets into northern Israel as well.

Sensors along the border are activated when a rocket has been fired, and these activate alerts to citizens via TV, radio and smart phone. The alerts inform of the attack and instruct the population to enter a bomb shelter. If people cannot reach a shelter, they should to lie down on the ground and cover their heads.

The new system was developed jointly by the IDF and civilian companies. It divides the country into 3,000 areas instead of the 300 areas of the previous system.

“We will be able to alert at the resolution of single cities, down to as much as a square kilometer,” Lt. Col. Yehudit Halifa, head of the IDF Home Front Alert Branch, told the Times of Israel. “The system supports selective alerts, and we are now deploying the systems around the country.”

The new technology includes mobile siren systems that can be placed on loudspeakers in public places and in fields in previously unprotected rural areas.

New portable Nofar siren that is a part of the rocket-detection system by the Home Front Command of the IDF (Photo: IDF Spokesperson Office)
New portable Nofar siren that is a part of the rocket-detection system by the Home Front Command of the IDF (Photo: IDF Spokesperson Office)
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Karen Faulkner
Karen Faulkner recently completed a Master's degree in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She made Aliyah in 2006 and lives in Jerusalem.

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