An alarm system that will detect incoming mortar fire will be installed in Gaza border communities within three to six months, Channel 10 reported Sunday.
The system, which is currently in development, will give residents of southern communities near the coastal enclave a five-second warning, but will not be able to intercept the shells.
During the summer’s 50-day conflict, the Iron Dome system successfully shot down hundreds of projectiles, but it is not equipped to knock down the small, short-range mortar shells.
Mortars proved to be one of the deadliest means of attack, claiming the lives of 10 IDF soldiers in one week, as well as several Israeli civilians, including 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, during the conflict.
Sgt. First Class (res.) Barak Refael Degorker was the first victim to die of mortar fire near the Gaza border on July 26. Two days later, a mortar shell killed four soldiers — Staff Sgt. Adi Briga, Cpl. Niran Cohen, Cpl. Meidan Maymon Biton, and Staff Sgt. Eliav Eliyahu Haim Kahlon.
On July 31, another five soldiers were killed by a mortar shell: Staff Sgt. Shay Kushnir, Capt. Omri Tal, Sgt. First Class Daniel Marash, Staff Sgt. Noam Rosenthal, Capt. (res.) Liran Adir (Edry).
Among Israeli civilians, Dror Khenin, 37, was killed by a mortar shell near the Erez border crossing with Gaza on July 15 while delivering food to soldiers. Tragerman was the youngest Israeli victim of the campaign. He was killed by shrapnel after a mortar landed outside his Nahal Oz home on August 22. Ze’ev Etzion, 55, was killed by a mortar shell shortly before the ceasefire went into effect on August 26 along with Shahar Melamed, 43.
A Thai national, Narakorn Kittiyangku, 36, was killed by mortar fire on July 23.