information about Hormuz Strait, which Iran has threatened to close
Tehran has threatened several times previously to close this strait as Western pressure mounted on it with regard to its nuclear program.
Here are the highlights of this strait:
The strait is located in the south of the Gulf and separates it from the waters of the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea.
It is bordered to the north by Iran and from the south by the Sultanate of Oman.
The Strait holds the name of the island of Hormuz, which is located in its entrance. In the sixteenth century it was a kingdom under the rule of an Arab family from Oman. The Portuguese succeeded in its conquest in 1515.
In 1632, British and Persian forces were able to expel the Portuguese from it.
There are also several other islands at the entrance of the strait: the Iranian islands of Qeshm, Larak, the Lesser Tunb, Greater Tunb and Abu Musa, which are disputed by Iran and the United Arab Emirates.
About 40 percent of world oil production passes through the Strait of Hormuz.
The width of the strait is 50 kilometers and the depth of the water is 60 meters.
The entry and exit corridors are 10.5 kilometers long and accommodate 20 to 30 tankers per day.
Saudi Arabia exports 88 percent of its oil production across the strait, Iraq 98 percent, the United Arab Emirates 99 percent, and all Iran, Kuwait and Qatar.
Japan is the largest oil importer across the Strait of Hormuz.