Security forces in Arara ahead of Nashat Milhem's elimination
Security forces in Arara ahead of Nashat Milhem's elimination Basel Awidat/Flash 90

The Haifa Magistrates Court ordered the restrictive release on Sunday of the father and brother of Tel Aviv terrorist Nashat Milhem. 

Mohammed Milhem and his son, Ali, were arrested last week on suspicion of aiding Nashat after he killed two in an attack on a pub on Dizengoff Street before shooting dead a cab driver as he escaped. 

Ali Sa'adi, the family's new lawyer, said at the end of Sunday's hearing that a deal was reached with the Israel Police's lawyers so that Mohammed and Ali would agree to house arrest on a $1,270 bail bond. 

"There is not a single piece of evidence against them. They helped the police from day one," Sa'adi asserted. "The father assisted [the police] from the onset and wanted his son to be caught."

Nashat Milhem was eliminated in a gun battle with security forces on Friday evening in his hometown of Arara. 

The family is waiting to receive his body pending an autopsy at the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute. A small funeral will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Arara. 

A relative told Yedioth that police "did not need to make all these arrests. The father and the whole family suffered from their son's act and they find it hard to digest everything that's happened. The father did not know where his son was hiding and he had no part in all the allegations made against him by the police and in court."

Police, meanwhile, continue to search for Milhem’s accomplices, who are believed to have helped him hide from security forces for an entire week after the Tel Aviv attack. 

The Haifa Magistrates Court on Saturday night extended the arrest of four suspects thought to have aided Milhem until Tuesday, and the fifth suspect brought in for an extension hearing was remanded until Monday; additional arrests are also expected. 

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