The IDF Spokesperson completely denies Palestinian claims that the IDF has seized or harmed the religious sites and structures in the town of Beit Jala. The IDF Spokesperson once again emphasizes that in the activity in Beit Jala, the IDF only seized structures from which shots were fired. The operation was carried out in order to secure the well-being of Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers in Jerusalem, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo, and along the Tunnel road.