Around 1.5 million Palestinians are trapped near the border, with nowhere to go. Egypt, however, has long opposed the idea of resettling Palestinians in the Sinai Peninsula.
A selection of our coverage of the conflict in Gaza from the past fortnight.
Egypt would be seriously destabilised by hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Gaza.
Arable land has been destroyed, as have food production sites. But even before the current operation in Gaza, Palestinians there suffered high rates of food insecurity.
Coca-Cola has often been entangled with key political moments in Africa since its arrival in the early 1900s.
Libyan desert glass originated from the impact of a meteorite on the Earth’s surface.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has held Egypt in an iron grip for a decade, but his regime’s close relations with Israel might prove a problem with voters.
Many Christian and Muslim families in Gaza today were displaced following the creation of new Arab and Jewish states. Today, Palestinian Christians occupy a complicated place in this region.
Countries like Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Qatar all have a stake in the outcome of the war – but none want to be actively involved in fighting.
Ancient texts are still teaching us new things about the prevalence of wildlife.
South Africa is a large peninsula on the strategic Cape sea route. Some 90% of its trade flows through its harbours. The navy defends the country’s sovereignty and national interests.
The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez is full of lurid details – hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash stuffed into clothes among them. Will they tank Menendez’s career?
A scholar who has closely followed reforms that MBS has made to Wahhabism, an austere form of Islam, explains the changes taking place in the Saudi kingdom and their impact.
Better monitoring of groundwater is important for sustainable management.
Examining how military coups unfold is crucial to understanding a country’s path back to democracy.
A scholar of the Hebrew Bible argues that very little is known about the location of Mount Sinai, and it is likely that it was once part of a foundational legend.
A technique called portable X-ray fluorescence has helped Egyptologists identify changes and adjustments to details of tomb decoration that are invisible to the human eye.
The Nile Basin states are keen to see what kind of deal Ethiopia reaches with Egypt and Sudan.
Africa contributes less than 1% of research worldwide on movement behaviours in children. This means that research on movement behaviours has largely excluded over 16% of the world’s population.
Hundreds of rivers are shared between two or more countries – this could be a source of cooperation or conflict.