At the request of the priests, IDF forces entered the Church of Nativity in order to search for weapons inside the church. During the search weapons were found, and 40 explosive charges that were hidden within walls and in corners of rooms. Several improvised explosives were found hidden behind closets.

During the limited time given to IDF to execute the searches, 25 explosive devices were neutralized, the remaining devices were marked by IDF.

IDF Spokesperson notes that the neutralizing of the explosives left behind the terrorists prevented a great risk to the lives of the priests within the church. The mere discovery of these explosive devices proves beyond all doubt that the terrorists blatantly desecrated the holy site.

At this time IDF forces have completed their withdrawal from the city Bethlehem. Pictures of the weapons found in the church and the withdrawal of IDF forces can be obtained at the IDF Spokesperson Filming Unit.