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The Strait of Hormuz is a narrow strip of water that connects the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman (see map). It runs between the Arabian peninsula and Iran, creating a short buffer between the Persian state of Iran to the north and the Arabian nations of Oman and the United Arab Emirates to the south. At its narrowest point, it is only 30 miles wide.
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