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Thousands of Rockets to Pound Undefended Israeli Civilians in Next War

Iron Dome firing a missile (Photo: flickr/IDF)

During Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, Israeli citizens faced terrorist rocket fire on a daily basis - the very attacks that led Israel into that war. Now, The Jerusalem Post's Yonah Jeremy Bob and Anna Ahronheim report that the Israeli people might not be so secure during their country's next conflict:

Tens of thousands of rockets are expected to rain down on the Israeli home front in the country's next war. Yet, Israel will face a lack of bomb-shelters, defective warning systems and an incomplete evacuation plan for civilians in critical areas, State Comptroller Joseph Shapira reported Tuesday.

According to the report, more than 2,090,000 civilians were without any form of protection or bomb-shelter in 2012...

According to the comptroller report, there are several significant defects regarding preparations in the fields of physical protection, early warning systems and the evacuation of the population, which would increase the risk of civilian lives during a war...

The report states that the IDF expects northern residents who love within 15 kilometers from the Lebanese border to spend an extended period of time in bomb-shelters during the next conflict with Hezbollah, since they are within reach of short and medium range rockets – which Hezbollah possesses in high volume...

On the positive side, Shapira complimented the state on outfitting Gaza corridor communities within seven kilometers of the border with special shelter-rooms.

Besides having bomb-shelter protection once rockets start landing, the report said that the early-warning system in the Gaza corridor did not function adequately to give the residents the stated 15 seconds to get to a shelter which it was supposed to give them.

Shapira complimented the defense establishment for improving the speed of the early-warning system for parts of the border, but said that it has still failed to improve the speed of warnings for other parts of the border...

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