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Prosecutors clear suspects in deadly shooting of Arab Lod man during May riots

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Five Jewish Israeli men who were investigated in the death of an Arab Israeli man during violent clashes in Lod in May were cleared of wrongdoing on Thursday.

Mussa Hassuna, 32, was shot dead on May 10 in Lod, as violent Jewish-Arab clashes shook the city in the early days of the 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

Five Jewish suspects were arrested on suspicion of being involved in Hassuna’s death, but were released on bail shortly afterward. The men claimed that they were acting in self-defense after an Arab mob descended upon them as violence overtook the flashpoint mixed city in central Israel.

On Thursday, prosecutors informed the suspects that they were closing the case against them. Four of the men were ruled out as the culprits who fired the bullet that killed Hassuna in May. The fifth individual could not be definitively ruled out, but prosecutors noted that there were many shell casings at the scene of the incident belonging to guns that were never identified, and therefore it could not determine with the required level of confidence as to who fired the bullet.

Prosecutors also noted that they accepted the testimony of........

© The Times of Israel

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