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New app will alert Israelis on their smartphones when missiles strike

By Mason White 4:02 PM March 5, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
Israeli residents will soon be able to get alerts on their smartphones when missiles strike, the Israeli defense ministry said.

The app called iOREF, was created by the Home Front Command division of the Israeli military.

The app is scheduled to be released for the general public later this year. App users will receive notifications on their smartphones of the nearest missile protected areas.

The app will be able to give customized information based on GPS technology. Users will also be able to receive videos, photos and text messages through the app, the head of the Home Front Command said in a statement.

The app will also be available on desktop computers, as officials want the information to reach as many users as possible.