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A billboard displayed in Tehran broadcast a video of US and Israeli ships being destroyed just days before an attack took place on Gulf tankers.
It showed destroyed American and Israeli ships in a sea of what appeared to be made up of Palestinian scarfs (keffiyehs) with the caption 'We Drowned Them All', in Farsi, Hebrew and English.
Board - Vali-s - Asr - Square - Tehran
The board had been displayed outside in Vali-s Asr Square in Tehran's commercial centre on Wednesday 29 May, in honour of Quds Day, an event held to celebrate the last day of Ramadan.
The day had been initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinians and oppose Zionism and Israel.
Experts - Similarities - 'Tanker - War - US
Experts have now warned of chilling similarities with the 'Tanker War' of the 1980s, where the US Navy and Iran were entangled in a similarly shadowy conflict.
While the current tensions are not quite on the same scale, it shows how incidents such as these can escalate.
'Tanker - War - Ships - Kuwaiti - Oil
The so-called 'Tanker War' involved American naval ships escorting reflagged Kuwaiti oil tankers through the Persian Gulf and the strait after Iranian mines damaged vessels in the region. It culminated in a one-day naval battle between Washington and Tehran, and also saw America accidentally shoot down an Iranian passenger jet, killing 290 people.
Oil tankers were attacked on Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. The suspected attacks occurred about 25 miles off the southern coast of Iran.
Tankers - Adrift - US - Navy - Fleet
Two tankers were attacked, one was left ablaze with both being left adrift. The US navy's fifth fleet said it had been assisting the tankers which issued distress calls – the crew from both tankers were evacuated.
Iran denied any role in Thursday's apparent attacks, which have again rocked the Persian Gulf amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over the unravelling...
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