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4 Jewish suspects held over fatal shooting of Arab in Lod are released on bail

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All four Jewish suspects in the fatal shooting of an Arab man in Lod during rioting in the central city earlier this week were ordered released Thursday under relatively lenient restrictive conditions.

The Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court imposed a gag order on any detail that might disclose the identities of the four, due to death threats against them and their families.

The four were previously remanded, after arguing that they shot 32-year-old Musa Hanusa in self-defense amid intense clashes and violence by Arab rioters in the Jewish-Arab city overnight Monday-Tuesday. Two other Arab men were injured.

After initially demanding that they be held in custody, police backtracked and asked for the suspects to be released to house arrest for 10 days, with an additional two-week restraining order barring them from Lod.

But the court did not send them to house arrest, instead releasing them on bail and barring them from Lod for several days.

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A police representative told the court that the suspects’ version of events had received a boost over the last few days of investigation. An initial investigation indicated the shots were fired toward a man standing dozens of meters away and on........

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