Two Israeli diplomatic officials were hurt in an incident in which they and two colleagues were accused of assaulting two men at a park in Nanjing, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said yesterday. The four officials, including a vice-consul at the Israeli Consulate in Shanghai, reportedly refused to pay for one yuan (93 HK cents) entry tickets when they visited Wuchaomen Park last Wednesday. Newspapers in the Jiangsu provincial capital said an elderly gatekeeper and a passerby in his mid-50s were beaten by the Israelis after they tried to stop them going in. Aviv Shiron, spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, said: 'At least two Israeli officials were hurt in the incident, though not seriously. 'We're having an internal investigation, but the incident is apparently the result of a misunderstanding between Israelis and Chinese on the spot. 'The Israeli Foreign Ministry has not contacted the Chinese Foreign Ministry over the issue. It is a local incident and a minor misunderstanding.' The four diplomatic officials were all still in China. The consulate in Shanghai had contacted Jiangsu's provincial Public Security Bureau for details of the incident. Asked if the two Nanjing locals would be compensated for their injuries, Mr Shiron said the incident was still being looked into. It might be the case that the Israelis would be the ones to be compensated, he said.