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One policeman and two Bedouin protesters were hurt Wednesday during a rally against Jewish National Fund workers in Israel's south, Army Radio reported.

The two Bedouin suffered from smoke inhalation after police tried to disperse the protesters, who were trying to prevent JNF employees from carrying out landscaping work in the Gvaot Goral area.

Fifteen other protesters were arrested during the rally.

The protesters claim ownership of the area, in opposition to previous court rulings.