Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fired 20 of his security chiefs. Among the more senior officers laid off Thursday were Fatah strongmen known as loyalists of the late Yasser Arafat. The move followed a Hamas mortar barrage against Israeli targets in Gaza, endangering the truce Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared Tuesday.
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