Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

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By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off over the past two days, amid reports that Egyptian officials intervened to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement denied that it was under pressure from neighboring Egypt to scale back the six-week-old demonstrations, and said they would continue, although fewer Palestinians were now gathering in protest tents. Gaza medics said two Palestinians were shot dead during Tuesday’s demonstrations along the 51 km (32 mile) border.