Why does the Strait of Hormuz matter?
This is one of the most vital waterways in the world
With tensions escalating in the Strait of Hormuz after the seizure by Iran of the British-flagged Stena Impero, this vital maritime corridor is once again making headlines around the world.
A third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 20% of total global oil consumption passes through this narrow waterway, which links the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman. The region is also a popular tourist destination, with numerous cruise ships also following the strait's busy shipping lanes.
Click through the gallery and find out why this is one of the most important waterways in the world.
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