U.S. Asks Israel to Probe Activist's Eye Loss

A Palestinian woman reacts as she holds a cloth to the bleeding face of an American activist who was wounded during clashes with Israeli troops at the Kalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem, May 31, 2010. AP Photo

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv says it has asked Israel to investigate an incident where an American woman lost her eye during a pro-Palestinian demonstration.

Kurt Hoyer said on Monday the embassy has asked for details "as soon as possible."

Emily Henochowicz, a 21-year-old from Maryland, lost her left eye after being hit in the face by a tear gas canister Israeli policeman fired during a demonstration last week in Jerusalem.

Israeli military spokesman Moshe Fintzy said the army was investigating the matter and regretted if anyone was harmed. He said soldiers faced a violent protest.

Rights groups accuse Israel of firing canisters directly at protesters. An American citizen was also badly wounded last year in a similar incident.

Meanwhile, the Israeli navy killed four Palestinian militants in diver suits off the coast of Gaza before dawn Monday, the Israeli military and Palestinian officials said.

The deadly incident comes a week after nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in a clash with naval commandos as their vessel tried to reach Gaza. The interception prompted a worldwide outcry and growing demands that Israel ease or lift its blockade of Gaza.

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