Nicky Blackburn
November 18, 2012, Updated November 19, 2012

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.

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