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Iranian boats tried to impede a British Heritage oil tanker near near the disputed Abu Musa island before being driven off by a Royal Navy ship. Statement 1 is incorrect: Abu Musa is an island in the eastern Persian Gulf. Statement 2 is correct: It is near the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz. The island is administered by Iran as part of its province of Hormozgan, but is also claimed by the United Arab Emirates as a territory of the emirate of Sharjah. Significance: o Due to the depth of sea, oil tankers and big ships have to pass between Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs; this makes these islands some of the most strategic points in the Persian Gulf. o These are claimed by both Iran and the UAE but occupied solely by Iranian forces.The islands have been militarized, and each sport small-boat harbors, airstrips and, presumably, a full suite of missiles, radars and other surveillance gear.

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