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US asks for Israel to investigate wounded citizen

JERUSALEM (AP) - 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.

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