February 10, 2010 - 1:00am

A Palestinian official on Wednesday accused Israel of working to drive Palestinians out of East Jerusalem.

"What happened in (East) Jerusalem, mainly in Shu'fat refugee camp, was an Israeli attempt to push the city's population to leave it," said Adnan al-Hussini, Palestinian National Authority ( PNA)'s Jerusalem governor.

The eastern part of the holy city has seen tension for three days since Israeli military forces raided a refugee camp there and arrested dozens of Palestinian residents on Monday.

Al-Hussini said Israeli border police have been encircling Shu 'fat since tension began on Monday, while Israel insisted the security crackdown in the refugee camp was targeted tax evaders.

Israel deems Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, while the Palestinians want the east section of the holy city as capital of their future state. Hence, conflicts between Israelis and Palestinians in the region happen every now and then.


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