Four Israeli diplomatic officials have been accused of assaulting two locals at a park in Nanjing. Media in the Jiangsu provincial capital said the Israelis, including a vice-consul at Jerusalem's consulate in Shanghai, refused to pay for one yuan (93 HK cents) entry tickets when they visited the Wuchaomen Park on Wednesday evening. Newspapers said an elderly gatekeeper, who was not named, was assaulted by the Israelis when he tried to stop them going in. Passer-by Wang Chengqi, said to be in his mid-50s, tried to intervene but was beaten and punched in the face and stomach, the papers said. Witnesses quoted by the newspapers said Mr Wang lost four teeth in the struggle. The papers did not say whether the gatekeeper or the Israelis were hurt. However, they said the incident had caused 'great indignation among local people'. A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Beijing, Amir Sagi, described the incident yesterday as 'unfortunate'. The embassy was investigating, he said. 'The embassy takes the incident that happened in the park in Nanjing with utmost seriousness,' said Mr Sagi. Israel's ambassador to China, Ora Namir, had asked provincial officials for help in the embassy's investigation, said Mr Sagi. 'In order to find out the exact events, the embassy has requested detailed records from the Public Security Bureau of Jiangsu province,' he said. The vice-consul allegedly involved in the incident had been asked to submit a full report. He declined to comment on the allegations yesterday and referred all questions to the embassy in Beijing. Mr Sagi declined to disclose the whereabouts of the three other Israeli officials, nor would he say if they had been questioned by police. But he said the embassy would take action if the allegations against the officials were found to be true. Nanjing's Public Security Bureau refused comment. Diplomats enjoy consular protection in their host countries but visitors to diplomatic missions can be held liable for criminal offences. Relations between China and Israel are at their best since the countries established diplomatic ties in 1992. Israel is reportedly supplying China with advanced military technology and Beijing is interested in learning from Israel how to deal with desertification for the mainland's arid western provinces.