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New PLO Chief Abbas Escapes Injury in Attack

New PLO Chief Abbas Escapes Injury in Attack

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The newly appointed leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Mahmoud Abbas, escaped injury Sunday when gunfire broke out at a mourning tent for Yasser Arafat in Gaza. Two people died as anti-Abbas protesters exchanged fire with Abbas bodyguards. The 69-year-old Abbas is also the establishment candidate to replace Arafat as Palestinian Authority president. Hear NPR's Julie McCarthy.