The situation is not improving for Qatar as Egypt is closing its airspace to Qatari planes in a growing diplomatic row, with Saudi Arabia and Bahrain expected to do the same on Tuesday. Several countries have cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism in the Gulf region. Airlines affected will include Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Emirates.
More airport woes in the Middle East as Germany says it plans to move its aircraft and military personnel out of Turkey’s Incirlik airbase, as Turkey refuses to allow visits by German MPs. Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said they would relocate to Jordan’s Azraq airbase. German-Turkish talks broke down in Ankara on Monday.
Finally, some positive news from Mosul for you. A local sweet shop in the city whose brand has become a familiar name all over Iraq has reopened after years of closure because of the war against ISIS. Ahmad Halwani sweet shop is open for business, and people can go buy some of their famous baklava among other sweets. The shop was reopened about two months ago east of the Tigris River after Iraqi forces liberated the area in late January.