New iPhone app keeps track of rocket fire from Gaza

13-year-old Beersheva boy develops app that gives users a taste of life under fire.

A 13-year-old from Beersheva has developed a new iPhone app that lets users keep track of Palestinian rocket fire being fired into southern Israel from Gaza, by sending a notification whenever an alert is sounded.

Designed by Liron Bar, the free app sends a Hebrew notification to iPhone users every time there is an air raid warning, or Color Red alert, of a rocket attack somewhere in the south, according to Yedioth Ahronoth.

Depending on the distance they live from Gaza, residents in the south of Israel have just 15 seconds to get to shelter before a missile hits.

The app, which was developed for free by application developer Kobi Snir, sounds an alert each time a Color Red notification reaches the phone, and shows the number of seconds that have passed since the warning siren.

Bar also provides reports on missile attack warnings on his Facebook page. While another volunteer, Yossi Yifrah, also provides updates.

While the app is not an official substitute for official air raid warning systems, it does give people outside the south a taste of what life is like there during this difficult time.

About Nicky Blackburn

Editor and Israel Director, Nicky Blackburn has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London. She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.